I thought my recent encounter with a benefit fraudster might amuse some of you - especially the part about me getting my ass bitten for no apparent
I will remain proffessional and keep all personal details to my self - however I would like to share the general gist of the story.
I currently work for a company administrating the UK's The Work Programme (alot can be said about the programme indeed!).
Anyway, about 2 months ago a co-worker of mine happened to nip into one of her local pubs to find one of our long term clients working behind the bar.
The client in question was shocked and scared to see my co-worker there and informed my co-worker 'Oh I'm just helping out - I don't get paid but I do
get a free meal" and proceeded to give my co-worker a free drink.
My co-worker informed the client that as long as it was minimal, and she has the genuine intention of signing off, we wouldn't create any issue's for
her. (we all try to be fair).
However, the pub in question also happens to be MY local (2 minutes from my home) and when my co-worker informed me which client it was, kept my eye's
peeled for sign of her whilst I was in their for recreational use.
I happened to realise what member of staff it was, and found it amusing because she has been working there for several years.
I returned to work and informed my co-worker of the fact she has worked there for several years. My co-worker was not best pleased as this amounts to
benefit fraud on a HUGE scale.
The office contacted the client and informed her we knew the truth and there were only two options:
1) Sign off and work legit.
2) Leave work and sign on legit.
Anyway over the last 4 weeks we had the client on the phone constantly spewing all sorts of BS - but eventually agreed last week to sign off and begin
working officially. The client gave us the employment details - great.
The next step then (which happens to be my job) is to confirm the employment WITH the employer.
That morning however, the client called again to inform us she is leaving the country and the employers are all on holiday - therefore it is useless
trying to contact the employer or her self from then on.
I rang the pub from work and asked for the employer - there was a bit of confusion on the other end, and the staff member returned and said the
employer was abroad.
I thought that was odd as I had been drinking in the presence of the employer the night before. So my manager gave me permission to call in the pub as
a member of staff, and obtain the confirmation (which we can legally do).
So that night at 9.15pm, on my way home I called in the pub to find it empty apart from the employer and the client in question.
I bought my self a half pint and went to the back of the room in order to wait for the client to leave - as it was only the employer I needed to talk
When the client left I approached the landlord and introduced my self from my work place and asked him if could confirm the employment. He stuttered
and stmbled and denied his own identity to begin with (I had to laugh because I have known him for 5 months), then he agreed he was who I said he was
(lulz) then he denied knowing the client by name. He said "Who's ******* ******"... I had to laugh again and say "The lady that has just this second
left the pub"...
Anyway - He denied knowing her, let alone employing her - and he kept asking me if I worked for the government. I informed him I didn't work for the
government, but I am contracting for the DWP.
The encounter with my local landlord was awkward to say the least.
Anyway, this morning at the office the client rings up and informs my co-worker "The employer has now agreed to admit that he know's me and is
employing me, but he doesn't want that girl back in the pub"..
So yea, because I had a job to do I am now barred from MY local pub.
I have been advised that if I am barred over this issue - I shall report the client to the DWP and I shall report the pub to the HRMC.
This sucks - I want a pint!! lol.
edit on 14-6-2013 by ObservingYou because: (no reason given)