The NZ Herald reports today that "Benefit fraud cost taxpayers a record $22.6 million last year..." and that it is up from $15.9 million in 2009/10.
They got this information under The Official Information Act.
But anyone can access this page which shows that in 2009/10 the total fraud was $39,336,133
The Herald fails to define what sort of fraud it is referring to. Perhaps it is that fraud which is prosecuted.
Types of benefit fraud comprise working, living in the nature of marriage, child out of care, multiple benefits, accommodation, false documents and other.
Anyway, if they had wanted to be sensationalist, the current flavour, they could have almost doubled their headline figure.
Interestingly, according to MSD,
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