It is easy to assume that benefit fraud is perpetrated by 'pond life and scum'.
This is not the case.
I've spent the past 12 months looking into the abuse of benefits in this area and find that the benefit cheat is more likely to be someone in work, who, rather than being on the breadline feels that they deserve more than they earn and to that end fiddles council tax or single parent childcare benefits.
Benefit frauds and council tax frauds are frequently carried out by individuals who think that they are above suspicion and therefore free from detection. They are 'nice' educated folk whose nasty habits (they hope) will never come to light.
The chances are that someone standing next to you at the school gates, sitting accross the table at a dinner party, living two doors away or up the street is abusing the system. Even that nice police officer next door.
It is easy to do.
Thanks to the internet and Open Source information it is now getting easier to detect.