Benefit Fraud

Over the last two years this firm has acted for a number of people accused of Benefit Fraud. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) are getting more sophisticated  in their investigations and using computer held information to cross reference claims against other forms of income. As a result the number of allegations are increasing.

We are aware from discussion with court officials and other lawyers that a trend is appearing in these cases with many of those accused of benefit fraud fitting the following criteria:

1. They are often elderly or vulnerable and claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) ,Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Carers Allowance or Employment   Support  Allowance (ESA).
2. They have no past criminal record;
3. They have no idea they need a lawyer at the earliest possible stage;
4. They may have been overpaid benefit.
5. They have made admissions at a taped-interview without knowing their rights.

The first you will be aware that the DWP are investigation you is when you receive If you receive a letter from them inviting you to attend an interview at a Jobcentre Plus Office. Alternatively they may say you have received an overpayment of benefits which must be repaid

If you receive either type of letter contact Flanagan & Co to make an appointment as soon as possible. If an overpayment we may be able to assist you to intimate an appeal against such a decision, remember that appeals must be submitted within very strict time-limits.

If you receive a letter from the DWP fraud team inviting you to attend an interview, do not attend on your own, it is essential that you call us at Flanagan & Co for advice immediately. DWP interviews are recorded for evidence and are the same as recorded police interviews. At the start of the interview you will be told it is taking place under caution and that you have the right to a solicitor. Do not answer any questions and do not continue with the interview, tell them that you require a solicitor and will attend an interview at a future date once you have consulted with Flanagan & Co.

Benefit Fraud cases are usually complex and require a thorough approach, with all documents being examined not only to their content but to whether they are even admissible in evidence at all.

YOU NEED EXPERIENCED AND PROVEN REPRESENTATION to avoid a jail sentence or huge fine. We are here to help you, call and make an appointment with a Flanagan & Co Solicitors now on 0141 249 0463.