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.