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Top 10 Excuses for Benefit Fraud and Failure to Pay TV Licence


Over the past two months, officials from TV Licensing and the Department of  Work and Pensions have released some of the most outrageous excuses British citizens have given for either failing to buy a TV licence or claiming fraudulently from the state.

We’ve compiled 10 of the best, below. Although farcical, they are all genuine. Enjoy:

Top Five Excuses for Failure to Pay TV Licence

5) A man from London said: ‘I could not pay for my TV licence because the Olympic torch was coming down my road and I could not get to the shop as the road was too busy.’

4) One viewer from Dundee in Scotland said: ‘I only use my TV as a lamp. If you switch it on, it gives a good glow which allows me to read my book.’

3) A thief from Kilmarnock in Scotland boasted: ‘Why would I need a TV licence for a TV that I stole? Nobody knows I’ve got it.’

2) One pessimistic homeowner from Cardiff in Wales said: ‘I don’t want to pay for a licence for a full year. Knowing my luck; I’ll be dead in six months and won’t get value for money.’

1) A cynical mother from Manchester claimed: ‘Only my three-year-old son watches the TV. Can you take it out of the family allowance I receive for him? He watches it so he should pay.’

Top Five Excuses for Fraudulent Benefit Claims

5) A black woman from London who used a fake ID which featured a picture of a white female insisted the image was hers, but claimed a car accident had caused her face to change shape and colour.

4) A fraudster from Worcester tried to convince officials that his wife was his sister. When presented with a copy of his marriage certificate, the man continued lying and claimed the ceremony had been a ‘…a drunken mistake’.

3) A woman from Liverpool insisted she was not in a relationship with a man who stayed at her house most nights of the week. When authorities highlighted that she had three children with the man during a five-year period, the woman replied: ‘We’re all entitled to a one-night-stand aren’t we?’

2) When officials asked a benefit claimant from Glasgow in Scotland why he had two passports in different names, which both listed the same children, he replied: ‘You have me confused with my evil twin brother. He lives in Pakistan and visits the UK regularly. My brother has children born on the same dates with the same names.’

1) Another woman explained her fraudulent benefit claim by saying: ‘I needed the money to pay for a TV in each of the five bedrooms, as the kids have ADHD and I have to keep them in.’ However, the woman, from West Lothian in Scotland, declined to mention that her children no longer lived with her.

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