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“Benefit fraud costs the tax payer more than £700 million every year which is unfair to everyone who follow the rules. We take benefit fraud very seriously and we hope these cases act as a deterrent to anyone who thinks they can cheat the system.”Anyone claiming housing or council tax benefit that has a change in circumstance, such as an increase in earnings or a change to your tax credits, can contact Lichfield District Council on 01543 308900. anyone wanting to report a fraud can call 0800 783 1030.