Benefit fraud is one of the most common types of fraud offence committed in the UK.
Examples of benefit fraud include:
Claiming benefits while working
A fraud is committed when someone who is entitled to housing or council tax benefit due to an entitlement to job seekers allowance but are in fact working.
Not disclosing property, capital assets or income
A benefit claimant dishonestly does not declare all property, capital or income assets or the extent of such assets in order to receive higher payments.
Not disclosing a partner
A claimant purposefully does not declare the existence of a partner knowing that doing so would reduce or remove entitlement to benefits.
Homeowner false claims
A property owner falsely claims benefit and state they are paying rent for a property they in fact own. Often this type of fraud involves falsification of tenancy agreements and landlords.
This type of offence occurs when a landlord receives benefit for a claimant despite the claimant having moved out of the property
Charged with benefit fraud
If you have been charged with benefit fraud it means that a case has been put together and referred to the Crown Prosecution Service and who have deemed that a prosecution should take place. Prior to a prosection an investigation into the circumstances will have been carried out and passed to the CPS either by fraud investigators from your local authority, the Department for Work and Pensions and or HMRC depending on the type of offence that is suspected of having been committed.
During this investigation you are likely to be interviewed informally and or under caution. If you are summoned to be interviewed informally or under caution it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of a specialist Benefit Fraud Solicitor who will attend the interview with you.