Being accused of benefit fraud
Whether it is housing benefit, council tax benefit, income support or disability benefit
Have you received a letter regarding overpayment or evidence of a fraudulent benefit claim?
If so, you will normally be invited to attend either the DWP or council offices where an interview will take place. The welfare system is complicated and it is easy for clients to make mistakes. You may have innocently filled a form in incorrectly or simply not realised you needed to update your circumstances. Do not be misled – this interview is serious. What you say could result in your prosecution resulting in hefty fines, repayments and even imprisonment.
At these interviews, unlike other cases of criminal law, it is often not up to them to prove your guilt but up to you to prove you are innocent.
Helping to take away the stress
A benefit fraud investigation is likely to be hugely worrying and upsetting for you and your family.
Our team will ensure the whole procedure is as stress-free as possible. We will make sure of that. You will be properly represented at interview, fully understand your legal rights, get disclosure of the evidence the benefit office intends to use against you and are given good advice to make informed decisions on your options. If a court hearing is unavoidable we will represent and be with you every step of the way.
How much will this cost?
Very often legal aid is available for benefit fraud cases and even if you do not qualify, we offer competitive fixed rates with no nasty surprises or hidden costs.