Being investigated for benefit fraud can be a worrying and stressful time. It is important that you work with a legal team who will put you at ease and who you can trust to fight your corner.
Our specialist fraud team has extensive experience in representing those who are under investigation by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Local Authorities.
What is benefit fraud?
- Examples of benefit fraud include:
- Deliberately failing to tell the DWP that you are working whilst claiming benefits
- Deliberately failing to inform the benefit office that you were living with someone but claiming benefits as a single person
- Using false documents to claim benefits
- Dishonestly claiming a Council Tax reduction.
What is a benefit fraud interview?
If the DWP or the Local Authority believe you have committed benefit fraud, you will likely be sent a letter inviting you to attend an interview under caution.
An interview under caution is part of a formal criminal investigation. You could end up in Court at the end of the investigation. What you say (or do not say) during your interview can be used against you in court. It is important to seek advice as early as possible to ensure that your case dealt with properly, especially when seeking to persuade the DWP or Local Authorities not to proceed to court. Prior to your interview, solicitors can obtain ‘disclosure’ from the DWP or Local Authority which details what they believe you are guilty of and what evidence they have against you. You are unlikely to get this if you do not have a solicitor, so you will go into the interview not knowing what they want to ask you about.
If you have received a letter requesting you to attend an interview under caution regarding an allegation of benefit fraud, you need legal advice NOW.
Can I get legal aid?
If you are in receipt of certain benefits or have a low income, you may be entitled to legal aid for a solicitor to represent you at no cost. If you do not qualify for legal aid, we offer a fixed fee for representation with no hidden costs.
Contact us today
If you have been accused of benefit fraud, contact one of our solicitors today to discuss your case in confidence or complete the form below and someone will call you back.