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and online: I bet 18,500 of these claimants are still on dole but sent to a Job centre course where they're classed as in training or education and not unemployed, just to keep figures down for a few months
The UK Border Agency said that it does not keep figures on the numbers of sham marriages, but said there have been a number of successful prosecutions for fraud.
CML spokeswoman Sarah Robson said: "We don't keep figures on mortgage fraud but from anecdotal evidence we do know that it has increased.