Manchester based Olliers has vast experience of defending benefit fraud allegations which dates back over 25 years. The firm’s reputation for committed and rigorous defence work means that we attract some of the most serious criminal cases in the country.
Benefit fraud can include offences relating to the payment of benefits by the Department of Work and Pensions as well as payments made by local authorities in respect of Housing Benefit and Council Tax.
The principal offences likely to be used to prosecute benefit fraud matters are Failing to disclose a change in circumstances, Making false representations to obtain benefit and fraud. Many of these cases will be dealt with in the Magistrates Court as the prosecution generally seek to have such matters dealt with in this way where the fraud involves sums up to £35,000.
A conviction for benefit fraud may be a conviction for dishonesty and have a hugely detrimental effect on an individual’s character and future prospects.
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.