If you are accused of benefit fraud it is critical to contact me at the first available opportunity.
Benefit fraud is a serious criminal offence and you will require an experienced solicitor to mount a robust defence on your behalf and to guide you through the process.
I 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.
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 an experience criminal defence solicitor to represent you.
I understand the pressures involved in being charged with this type of offence and I will use every means at my disposal to ensure that you are treated fairly.
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
Contact me for more information.