Manchester based Olliers has vast experience of defending benefit fraud allegations which span over 25 years. The firm’s reputation for committed and rigorous defence works means that we deal with some of the most serious criminal cases in the country.
Benefit fraud can include offences relating to the payment of benefits by the DWP as well as payments made by local authorities in respect of Housing and Council Tax Benefits.
Often prosecutions will not be sought in cases where the benefit figure is £2000 or less, and numerous out of court disposals are often used for cases such as these. However investigations are often carried out very thoroughly and even in these cases, interviews under caution are routinely undertaken. These are often done at Council offices and, as such, many people do not think they need a solicitor at this stage. But these interviews are under caution, they can be used in any subsequent criminal proceedings, and it is often not clear what your best options may be. At Olliers, we have experienced solicitors who are able to offer legal representation even at this stage in proceedings. We understand very well the importance of getting support and advice from the outset.
Prosecutions in respect of benefit fraud cases are often complex, involving large amounts of paperwork and complicated calculations. Whilst many of these cases may be dealt with at the Magistrates’ Court, they do attract custodial sentences, and where the fraud involves massive sums in the region of £35,000.00 plus, they will be heard at the Crown Court and lengthy sentences could ultimately be imposed.
At Olliers we appreciate that a conviction for benefit fraud is a conviction for dishonesty and can accordingly have a hugely detrimental impact upon an individual’s character and future prospects. We therefore seek to leave no stone unturned when fighting these cases, however big or small, and offer specialist advice.
Olliers provide specialist advice and representation throughout England and Wales.
We are ranked as a Top Tier criminal firm in both of 2013 editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers Directory.