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If you are suspected of committing benefit fraud, the experience can be a very intimidating one.

In such circumstances, you can rely on the Criminal Defence Solicitors at Wilford Smith Solicitors to provide you with clear, sympathetic, jargon-free advice in order to challenge any allegations and to help put your mind at ease. If you are asked to attend an interview or receive a court summons, our lawyers can provide expert representation to make sure that investigators follow all procedures, and to keep you fully informed throughout this process.

A wide range of benefits claims may be subject to investigation if it is believed that a claimant is receiving one or more of these without entitlement. These benefits include:

  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Employment & Support Allowance

An investigation may be triggered by unreported changes in a claimant’s circumstances, such as a failure to report changes in employment status or eligibility status. At the earliest possible stage of an investigation, you should consult a solicitor experienced in handling benefit fraud cases. A member of Wilford Smith Solicitors’s Fraud Team will be available to meet with you to ascertain the nature of any allegations and to advise you on the best course of action to avoid criminal sanctions, which can include fines and, in some cases, custodial sentences.

Contact our Fraud Defence Solicitors London, Sheffield and Manchester

Our Criminal Defence Lawyers are based in London, Sheffield and Manchester and advise and represent clients throughout England and Wales. Contact us today on 01709 828 044 to find out how we can help.


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