If you are accused of benefit fraud it is highly important that you contact us immediately.
Benefit fraud is a serious criminal offence and you will require experienced solicitors to mount a robust defence on your behalf and to guide you through the process.
We offer free 24 hour police station advice and legal aid may be available.
Being accused of Benefit Fraud?
Benefit fraud allegations can come about for a number of reasons. Examples include:
Overpayments commonly arise when you do not keep the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) up to date about changes in your circumstances, for example an increase in your income or finding a job.
Other types of benefit fraud
Deliberately misleading the DWP about your income or financial circumstances when claiming the benefit.
Deliberately misleading the DWP about your circumstances – for example claiming as a lone parent when you are in fact cohabiting or pretending not to own a property when you in fact do.
There are many circumstances that can lead to the DWP prosecuting for benefit fraud. Whatever the situation, you will require experienced criminal defence solicitors to represent you.
We understand the pressures involved in being charged with this type of offence and we will use every means at our disposal to ensure that you are treated fairly and to obtain the best possible outcome.
Penalties for benefit fraud
A variety of penalties can be imposed depending on the circumstances of the case:
Loss of benefits for up to 3 years
Repayment of overpaid benefits
A penalty of between £350 and £5,000
A prison sentence in more serious cases
Confiscation proceedings can also follow