What Happens If You’re Falsely Accused Of Benefit Fraud?
What Will Happen If You’re Falsely Accused For Benefit Fraud?
If you’ve been accused for benefit fraud, the benefit fraud investigators will need time to carefully overlook all of the information they’ve been given. This could take weeks, and the investigators are not allowed to disclose the outcome.
You will be made aware of these investigations through a letter. If enough information has been given, the investigators will check the “fraudster’s” benefit claim, and will look into whether or not they are committing a crime.
Sometimes, the result is that no action is taken due to the “fraudster” having declared work prior to the investigation.
How Would I Have Been Reported For Benefit Fraud?
The person who has reported a suspected benefit cheat will have done so by calling the National Benefit Fraud Hotline (NBFH), or by sending the relevant information using the government’s official benefit fraud online form.
The reporter will have handed details over about the person they’re reporting, including their full name and address, a description of the person, the type of benefit fraud you think they are committing, information about their employer and what vehicle they drive, if they have one.
If you believe you have been falsely reported for benefit fraud in this way, been invited to attend an interview under caution, or are concerned about an investigation then it is well worth contacting a specialist benefit fraud solicitors right away.
What are the punishments for benefit fraud?
Benefit fraud can have a variety of different consequences, depending on how long the person has been fraudulently claiming for. Punishments for benefit fraud include:
- A fine
- Formal caution
- Reduced or stopped benefits
- Confiscation of assets
What do I do if I’ve been falsely accused of benefit fraud?
If you believe you’ve been wrongly accused of benefit fraud maliciously, and are not guilty of the crime then it’s worth seeking legal advice straight away. DPP Law have expertly trained solicitors in the field of benefit fraud and can provide fair and dedicated representation for your case. Contact us if you’re seeking fraud-related advice.
Or, for more information on benefit fraud, and what to do if you’ve been accused, visit our benefit fraud page.