Cash on Delivery
book by Michael Cooney
This fast paced British farce concerns a con artist who has duped the welfare authorities for years by claiming every type of benefit for the innumerable people he claims live at his address. This scam nets him tens of thousands tax free. Just when he decides to kill off many of the imaginary dole recipients because matters are getting a bit too risky, welfare investigators show up. Some make inquiries about what is going on while others offer additional benefits for which he has not yet applied. To outwit the investigators, the con artist enlists help from one of his real lodgers and from his Uncle George, who also volunteers to convince his nephew’s wife that he is not a transvestite. Nabbed in the end, the cheat is offered a job in the agency’s fraud investigation unit because he knows all of the tricks!