Benefit Fraud Solicitors
With an intricate system and confusing eligibility criteria, it’s entirely possible that there may be a time where you have unknowingly claimed benefits incorrectly. Being accused of benefit fraud can cause both emotional and financial distress for yourself and your family. Therefore, if you’re facing an accusation, it’s crucial to seek legal advice and assistance right away from specialist Benefit Fraud Solicitors such as DPP Law as soon as possible. You can reach us through this contact form, or by calling 0333 200 59859.
What Constitutes Benefit Fraud?
Benefit fraud occurs when an individual obtains benefits that they are not necessarily entitled to or if they fail to properly report a change in their personal circumstances. If you are claiming multiple benefits, or are unsure as to what the regulations are and what your eligibility is surrounding your entitlement – then you may unknowingly fall under the remit of what constitutes benefit fraud, and an investigation letter may come as a shock to you.
What Happens If You’re Accused Of Benefit Fraud?
If you’ve been accused of benefit fraud, and if you’re about to become the subject of an investigation, it can be extremely distressing. Especially if you’re unsure as to what to expect.
You’ll likely receive a letter first, informing you that there are concerns around the benefits that you are claiming. There’s a chance that your benefits may be stopped whilst an investigation is underway, but you will be informed about this beforehand. You may then be visited by Fraud Investigation Officers (FIOs), or might be asked to attend an ‘interview under caution’. The Fraud Investigation Officers will then decide whether or not to further pursue your case.
During this time, it is well worth seeking legal advice and representation from expert solicitors who can support you throughout the process and more so if your case continues through to court.
This article further explains the penalties for benefit fraud.
What Should You Do If You’re Accused Of Benefit Fraud?
If you have been accused of benefit fraud, it is important to seek legal advice immediately. It will make the process easier if you know what to expect and how to handle the situation, legal representation from a specialist Benefit Fraud Solicitor will help you to achieve this. For support with your case, contact DPP Law here or call 0333 200 59859.