These days there is more scrutiny than ever before by government departments in terms of their expenditure. As a result there are an increasing number of benefit fraud prosecutions and investigations. The DWP (Department for Work & Pensions) now have full time investigators and a legal department and the investigators have more surveillance tools and powers available to them than ever before. Also, government computers now speak to each other highlighting any discrepancies at a particular address, for example if there are people who are paying tax and receiving benefits within a particular household. We understand that people who are under investigation for benefit fraud are often experiencing their first exposure to the Criminal Justice system and that this can cause stress to the individual and their families.We take pride in understanding the particular problems each case may represent and we are here to provide quality legal advice, and reassurance, through every stage of the case.
Benefit Fraud Investigations
A person may find themselves investigated by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) if there is a belief that there is a fraudulent claim for one of the following benefits: –
- Income Support (IS)
- Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
- Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – care and mobility components
- Incapacity Benefit (IB)
- Housing Benefit (HB)
- Council Tax Benefit (CTB)
- Tax credits
Benefit Fraud Criminal Proceedings
The DWP may refer the case to The Procurator Fiscal who will decide if there are to be criminal proceedings. We will assist you at every step of the way in terms of advice and representation both at court or at the DWP investigation stage.