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Pip fraud allegation. When could we expect to be contacted as part of the investigation?

madrose1977
madrose1977 Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited November 2021 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hello
My daughter gets pip and I’m her appointee she’s 22 she has adhd and hidden disabilities 
she’s had a fall out with her friend and her friend then messaged me to tell me she’s reported my daughter for pip fraud as she’s sick of working while my daughter gets benefits.
she has said she’s sent them videos/photos of her at gym which she goes to with her sister late at night when it’s quiet as she has anxiety and mental health issues and told them she goes to the pub which she goes to with me but her friend says she wouldn’t be able to do this if she had adhd and mental health issues 
my question is it’s been 2 weeks since she reported it and we’ve not heard anything and it’s really stressful sitting here thinking how long it will be  before they contact us to investigate it 
Would we have heard by now?
Thanks all 

Comments

  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 2,954 Disability Gamechanger
    Firstly, there is nothing to say someone that claims PIP can’t go to the gym or to the pub, although, bear in mind as long as doing this doesn’t contradict something your daughter said she could not do. 

    Secondly, the comment your daughters friend made about she is sick of working when your daughter is on benefits. It’s not relevant as PIP can be claimed even if you work, it’s not to replace the fact that someone can’t work as many people work and successfully claim PIP. 

    If she really has been reported, I don’t really know what the next steps would be, but on the other hand, if your daughter has nothing to hide then she should go on with her day to day life as normal. 
  • madrose1977
    madrose1977 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Hello thank you for your comment 
    She has nothing to hide, just concerned that come this month she won’t receive her money which will put her in hardship with bills, food etc I’m not sure if they just stop your payment when they’re looking into it without telling you 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,448 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,
    DWP probably have thousands of reports like this each week but it's unlikely that they would contact everyone and certainly not within 2 weeks. You don't know if your daughters friend really did report her for sure.
    As has been advised, if your daughter's done nothing wrong there's nothing to worry about. Just because a person claims PIP it doesn't mean they can't still have a life.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,125 Disability Gamechanger
    They won't stop her money unless fraud has been proven 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,161 Disability Gamechanger
    They are quite good at sniffing out malicious reports from the genuine reports, as above nothing to worry about.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,845 Connected
    janer1967 said:
    They won't stop her money unless fraud has been proven 
    This is not accurate. DWP have always had the power to suspend payment where a question has arisen about entitlement and they do that pretty regularly where fraud allegations are made. There is no right of appeal on suspensions either. It will really turn on the nature of the allegation. 

    It is not possible to predict whether there will be a suspension in a specific case as we don’t know the facts but we can say is that DWP are fully aware that cases where the accuser has actually been dumb enough to tell the claimant what they’ve done immediately create a problem for DWP because it makes it harder to prosecute when the accuser has just handed the claimant a partial defence of “it’s a personal feud”. 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,125 Disability Gamechanger
    Sorry to @madrose1977 for incorrect info just going on my experience when a couple of people I know were investigated 
  • DuffersMum
    DuffersMum Member Posts: 196 Pioneering
    She may well receive a phone call from them. Friend of mine was contacted by DWP in August after an anonymous (they think, not so, she knows who it was and will get her own back) report in March.

    The DWP know the majority of anonymous reports are the result of a petty falling out or by a vindictive person, but have to investigate

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