Disability benefit fraud is a serious crime, and can carry a large fine or even a prison sentence. If you have been accused of disability benefit fraud, it’s important to remain calm and seek legal advice.
What is disability benefit fraud?
Disability benefit fraud is the act of claiming disability benefit when you don’t need to. There are a variety of different ways a person can commit disability benefit fraud:
Lying about being disabled to claim disability benefits.
Exaggerating an existing condition to claim benefits, i.e. claiming that your back pain is worse than it is.
Intentionally withholding relevant information regarding your disability, i.e. if your condition has improved greatly or been cured.
Claiming disability benefit for a member of the household who has since died or moved away, i.e. if they now reside in a nursing home.
This list is by no means exhaustive. If you are claiming disability benefits when you don’t really need them, you are committing disability benefit fraud, and risk being reported and prosecuted.
What to do if you’ve been accused of disability benefit fraud
If you’ve been accused of disability benefit fraud, it’s important to seek legal advice from a professional to advise you of your next steps. Here at DPP Law, our dedicated team of disability fraud solicitors have years of experience in dealing with benefit fraud cases, and have the expertise needed to give our clients the best advice for their situation. Contact us for a confidential chat about what you should do next.