Going to court for Benefit Fraud
If you have been charged with benefit fraud, your case will most likely go to court. Which court you have to go to depends on the seriousness of the case.
- Offences that are less serious in the eyes of the law will go to the Magistrates Court.
- Offences that are more serious in the eyes of the law will go to the Crown Court.
The outcome of your case will depend on a number of factors. These factors include: your age, health and personal circumstances and these will be taken into account, as will the type of benefit you have claimed, when considering the punishment.
If a benefit fraud prosecution is unlikely, an alternative may be sought, e.g. civil penalties.