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More and more people are being investigated for benefit fraud by the Social Security Agency (SSA). This has led to an increase in prosecutions.
If you are currently under investigation for benefit fraud, or you have received a court summons, do not worry. We understand that you are in a troubling situation – not only could your benefits be taken away, you could also face a fine and even a prison sentence. However, our benefit fraud solicitors can help you.
We know that you might be concerned about the cost of hiring a solicitor. We offer everyone a free consultation, during which you can get free legal advice from one of our benefit fraud solicitors. After this, legal aid may be available. If so, we can apply on your behalf.
There are various examples of benefit fraud. The SSA may claim that you –
- Failed to disclose your true financial circumstances. For example, you were working while claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or you did not declare all your savings because you knew that it would affect your entitlement to the benefit.
- Were dishonest about your living arrangements. For example, you were living with someone but claiming benefits as a single parent.
- Used a false identity or used false documents to claim benefits. For example, you used a false birth certificate so that you could claim Child Benefit.
- Failed to tell the benefit office about a change in your financial circumstances.
If you are suspected of benefit fraud, you will be asked to attend an interview with the SSA. Before you go, contact our benefit fraud solicitors first for advice. Afterwards, the SSA will decide whether to pursue the matter. If they believe you have been claiming benefits fraudulently, you will receive a court summons.
Defending a benefit fraud charge
The allegations made by the SSA may or may not be true. The SSA does make errors and you may be completely innocent of any wrongdoing. Or, it could be that you made an honest mistake and did not realise that you were breaking the rules.
Whatever the situation, we can investigate the allegations against you, ensuring that any charges are robustly defended. The prosecution has to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you are guilty of benefit fraud. This means that you claimed a benefit, knowing that you were not legally entitled to receive it.
Every case is unique and requires a different approach. If you were not acting dishonestly, we will bring this to the court’s attention, highlighting that you were simply ignorant of the rules. In other words, you did not knowingly break the law. Alternatively, there may be another defence that explains your actions. Our benefit fraud solicitors can devise the best strategy in your particular case.
Benefit fraud solicitors
We realise that people who are under investigation for benefit fraud may never have been in trouble before, let alone appeared in court. This can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you face a fine or a prison sentence. Your benefits could also be stopped and your assets confiscated, leading to financial hardship.
At McGee O’Kane Solicitors, we offer friendly support during this difficult time. We will handle everything on your behalf, guiding you through the investigation process and representing you in court. Our service starts with a free consultation, so you can find out more about how we can help.
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