He actually has the gall to advertise his council owned apartment on the website Home Away. As the investigators close in on the official tenant he continues to take bookings. In fact even when he is in court he asks for a stay of repossession so he can rent out his apartment during London 2012 Olympics.
On average this man is making £700 profit each month he has 'visitors' to stay.
A second scenario has two men claiming they are not a couple. Investigators check out the two council properties they rent and find both in a desperate condition, appearing to be used as nothing more than storage houses.
The two properties will cost the council a small fortune to make them habitable again.
Investigators find evidence which indicates the two men are actually a couple. They also find items that indicate both men may have bought a property in Bulgaria and not even live in the UK.
The third scenario has two housing officers trying to gain access to a property rented to a single woman with one child. Unable to gain access to the property they spot a man looking through an open window and after checking with neighbours conclude the property is being sub-let to more than one person.
The implication here is benefit fraud, including the single person's council tax discount, housing benefit and maybe income support, plus again a property which could be available for a person in the need.
In a fourth scenario a woman is left homeless after a relationship breakdown. She and her partner, both working, were buying a property in London but after the relationship breakdown she fell into serious mortgage arrears.
She returned home one day to find the locks to her home changed and that it had been repossessed. She was not able to access her possessions but luckily a neighbour gave her a bed for the night. The next day after visiting the housing department she was given emergency housing which was in a shared facility which included drug addicts, criminals, alcoholics and more.
The council would house her in a one bedroom flat but properties are in short supply. That is one reason fraudsters cheating the social housing system stink. Other reasons include because they are stealing from taxpayers, undermining the welfare system of the UK and reinforcing the idea that all welfare claimants are scroungers who are screwing the system.
Right to buy
The right-to-buy social housing scheme of the Thatcher years was popular but flawed. It was sold to British public as a way to get a foot on the housing ladder and to become a home owner.
Knock down prices due to discounts depending on your length of tenancy undermined council housing stock. Money raised was ring fenced by Westminster and local governments were not allowed to rebuild to replace homes lost to the private sector.
Years down the road many of the homes bought have passed into the hands of others; in some cases family members but in other cases ruthless landlords.
Landlords of course can make a killing on these former council homes. The original buyer can sell for a profit without charging the full market price in a win win situation for the home owner and prospective landlord.
The Tory government has recently announced the right to buy scheme will now be extended to include Housing Association properties. This decision may yet face a legal challenge.
Housing regulation in the private sector means the odds are always stacked in favour of the landlords' social housing offers some protection.
So why are the government attacking social housing?
Making councils cut rents may appeal if you are a tenant but it has serious implications for council budgets and housing; the double whammy is having to sell of social housing stock.
The Tory governments ideal seems to be welfare or social security budget cuts; a move away from government safety nets and lifelines.
Don't believe the hype that it is to make us all homeowners as that may be one consequence not an ideal.
The shift will be to private housing rather than social housing but without tough regulations that will be a disaster for tenants.
If the government had serious ideals about extending right-to-buy schemes it would include private sector housing.
Interest rates are at a record low so it may make sense if you can afford it to but a property. However interest rates are set to rise in the near future and you could easily get caught out.
Successive governments have failed to get to grips with a long standing housing crisis in the UK.
Beating the cheaters must be a priority but with a 'sell-off' government currently running the UK the complex issue of affordable housing will get worse.
More ate the New Statesman - The government's plans are nothing short of an attack on social housing
Parliament's website - The regulation of private sector letting and managing agents (England)