Data on "marriage type relationship" fraud investigations and prosecutions

R Gavey made this Official Information request to Ministry of Social Development

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From: R Gavey

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

I would like to make a request under the Official Information Act 1982 for data on the Ministry of Social Development’s benefit fraud investigations and prosecutions where a line of enquiry was relationship status (or “marriage type relationship” fraud).

More specifically, I would like the following information:

1. Number of people receiving the sole parent support payments
• Broken down by year (since it was first introduced to 2020)
• Broken down by gender
• Broken down by ethnicity

2. Number of allegations of benefit fraud received by the Ministry of Social Development broken down by line of enquiry (e.g. type of fraud) and year from 2000 to 2020.
• What are the channels through which the Ministry receives these allegations?

3. Number of investigations completed by the Ministry of Social Development broken down by line of enquiry (e.g. type of fraud) and year from 2000 to 2020.

4. Number of investigations completed where a line of enquiry was relationship status (or marriage type relationship fraud) from 2000 to 2020.
• Broken down by year
• Broken down by gender
• Broken down by ethnicity

5. Percentage of debts established out of the number of investigations completed broken down by line of enquiry (e.g. type of fraud) and year from 2000 to 2020.

6. Number of prosecutions where a line of investigation was relationship status (or marriage type relationship fraud) from 2000 to 2020.
• Including the total number of attempted prosecutions and the total number of successful prosecutions
• Broken down by year
• Broken down by gender
• Broken down by ethnicity

7. Overpayment value established from successful prosecutions broken down by line of enquiry (e.g. type of fraud) and year from 2000 to 2020.

8. Overpayment value established from successful prosecutions where a line of enquiry was relationship status (or marriage type relationship fraud) from 2000 to 2020.
• Broken down by year
• Broken down by gender
• Broken down by ethnicity

9. Number of people in prison for benefit fraud where a line of investigation was relationship status (or marriage type relationship fraud) from 2000 to 2020.
• Broken down by year
• Broken down by gender
• Broken down by ethnicity
• Broken down by length of sentence

In relation to all of these questions, if it is not possible to provide data for the period between 2000-2020, any available data would be sufficient.

Ngā mihi nui,
R Gavey

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Ministry of Social Development

Tēnā koe R Gavey,

Thank you for your email received 7 September 2020, under the Official Information Act 1982. Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate officials at National Office to respond. You can expect a decision as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case not later than 20 working days after the day on which the request was received.
 
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Ministry of Social Development

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