The regulations relating to benefit entitlement are complex and can often be misunderstood. However, the penalties for fraudulently claiming benefits are severe, particularly if your claim for benefit was fraudulent from the outset. Most people investigated for benefit fraud were genuinely entitled when the claim was made to receive their benefits, however, often the situation changes and they become ineligible for benefit but fail to tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Charges for benefit fraud can have a huge impact on individuals and their families as there is risk of a prison sentence if a claim for benefit was fraudulent from the outset. Any conviction for dishonesty could also cause problems in finding employment in the future.
Dealing with these investigations and penalties can be an extremely stressful experience. At MSB, we work with our clients to ensure that the impact on them and their families is minimised, helping to reach the right solution.