Benefit Fraud encompasses any action you take which results in you being awarded any kind of state benefit to which you are not entitled. The fraudulent behaviour can include the deliberate misrepresentation of your true financial circumstances when claiming the benefit initially, or being dishonest about your circumstances, for example, failing to disclose that you live with a partner or falsifying how many people live in your household. You may also be accused of Benefit Fraud of you fail to disclose a change in your circumstances which may have occurred in your life at some time after your initial application and award of Benefits. Any change in circumstances may mean that an award of Benefits should either have been stopped or reduced from the relevant date. Accusations of Benefit Fraud may span several years.
Any attempt to fraudulently obtain benefits is a criminal offence and will be treated seriously by the prosecuting authority. Penalties may include paying back fraudulently paid benefits and incurring further monetary penalties or community based disposals imposed by the court. In the most serious cases, a prison sentence may be imposed.
If you are suspected of Benefit Fraud, you will firstly be investigated by the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs, the Service and Personnel and Veterans Agency or your local authority. You will likely be contacted by letter and advised that you are under suspicion of Benefit Fraud and invited to attend an interview, which are usually held at the local authority offices.
Such Benefit Fraud interviews are administered under caution and are usually recorded. Benefit Fraud interviews can be a stressful experience and as they are part of a legal process, you are entitled both to seek legal advice and have either a solicitor or other individual of your choice attend with you. We strongly recommend that you seek expert legal advice from a Benefit Fraud specialist as soon as you receive correspondence advising you that you are under investigation for suspected Benefit Fraud.
Your legal defence begins upon learning that you are under suspicion. You will be subject to investigation by Fraud Investigation Officers who will look into your case and thereafter decide whether further action should be taken which may include reporting you to the Crown Prosecution Service under suspicion of Benefit Fraud. It is important to note that if you are under investigation for Benefit Fraud, your benefits may be stopped. We understand that this could have a crippling effect on the lives of you and your family who may have your only source of income removed.
If you find yourself subject to suspicion of Benefit Fraud, we advise that you do not panic and seek immediate expert legal advice from Benefit Fraud specialists. Our highly experienced Benefit Fraud solicitors are on hand to assist you with the utmost of compassion and confidentiality at what we know is an extremely difficult time. Contact us for an initial, no obligation free consultation to find out where you stand.
Our highly experienced team of Benefit Fraud Lawyers can guide you through the investigatory process, ensuring you have a strategy in place which can help you to achieve the best outcome possible. At Harris Solicitors, client satisfaction is our priority, and we work tirelessly to produce the most effective outcome and solution to any prosecution or investigation. We ensure the effective preparation of your case with to achieve our aim of effectively dismantling the case against you.
We believe our success is down to our experience and determined approach. Preparation is key to defending crimes of Benefit Fraud as forensic examination of the applications and supporting documents is required. The defence must diligently examine all the evidence submitted by the police and prosecution and gather their own evidence, especially from third parties as well as experts. Such evidence can help identify false statements, insufficient evidence and other problems with the reliability and credibility of the prosecution’s evidence. A methodical approach can often lead to the case being dropped early, an acquittal or a lesser sentence imposed.
For example, in cases regarding Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance, the authorities may produce evidence which they believe suggests your medical conditions are less serious than you have alluded to in your application or that you have made a recovery which would entitle you to a reduced amount of benefit. You may categorically deny such a situation and in those cases, your defence may rely on the evidence of Medical Experts who will be required to produce reports on your condition and may require to give evidence in court.
At Harris Solicitors, we are dedicated to ensuring that no stone is left unturned in investigating and preparing your defence in addition to minimising the impact such a stressful situation may have on your life. We will ensure you are informed, advised and assisted every step of the way so that you feel in control of your defence and are able to face the allegations against you.
Our lines are open 24/7 and our highly knowledgeable team of Benefit Fraud lawyers can advise you on every aspect of Benefit Fraud Law, ensuring our exemplary knowledge of the law as well as our vast experience in dealing with cases of Benefit Fraud is utilised to your advantage. Contact us or a free, initial confidential consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can help you.
If you are being investigated for Benefit Fraud, our expert team of Benefit Fraud specialists can help you understand your situation and advise you on the best course of action. If you wish to proceed with our firm, we will represent you at every stage and work tirelessly to protect your interests and get the best possible result. We represent clients in Bradford, Yorkshire and the surrounding areas as well across the whole of England and Wales. We regularly represent clients in Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Rochdale, Bolton, Doncaster, Manchester, Bury, Blackburn, York and Harrogate.
Speak to one of our Benefit Fraud Law experts for advice. Please call us on 01274 392177 or complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back shortly. You can also contact us on 07872835267 or 07590289197 out with normal working hours. Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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