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Fighting Fraud: An Evaluation of the Government’s Social Security Fraud Strategy

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McKeever, Grainne (1999) Fighting Fraud: An Evaluation of the Government’s Social Security Fraud Strategy. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 21 (4). pp. 357-371. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09649069908415098

DOI: 10.1080/09649069908415098

Abstract

This article examines the government S strategy for dealing withsocial security fraud. The Social Security (Administration) Fraud Act I997has been enacted to facilitate the detection, prosecution and punishmentof benefit fraud. In addition, the government has published a Green Paperon fruud and, more recently, a Command Paper on ‘Safeguarding SocialSecurity ’, both of which emphasize the importance of preventing fraud andre-educating the public about its nature and severio. Both papers, howevel;fail to deal adequately with the motivations to commit fraud and how this mayimpact on public attitudes to fraud. This article examines public reactionto benefit fraud, and points out that the public have differentiated fraud onthe basis of ‘greed’ or ‘need’. I suggest that, i f the government S anti-fraudstrategy is to be effective, the link between justijiable motivation and publicopinion needs to be taken into account.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:criminalization, motivations, prevention, public attitudes, reform, social security fraud
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
ID Code:14759
Deposited By:Dr Grainne McKeever
Deposited On:12 Aug 2010 14:58
Last Modified:12 Aug 2010 14:58

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