Benefit Fraud

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Becket Chambers Criminal team has extensive experience of prosecuting benefit fraud cases on behalf of local authorities – prosecuting fraudulent claims including housing benefit and council tax – including multi-day trials. We also act for the defence in such cases, when requested.

As well as providing representation in Court, the team provides oral and written advice regarding the prospective success of cases, and assists with drafting summons, charges and indictments.

Case Studies

Acting for a Local Authority in a benefit fraud case

Paul acted for a Local Authority, prosecuting a long-running benefit fraud case involving overpayment of over £50,000 of Income Support, Housing benefit and Council Tax benefit/support over three-year period. It was alleged that the Defendant had deliberately and repeatedly failed to declare that she was living with her partner (later her husband, and the father Continue reading

Suspended sentence for £20k benefit fraud

Paul successfully prosecuted a benefit fraudster who claimed housing benefit in the region of £20,000 over a two and half year period. The property concerned was in fact owned by the father of the claimant’s child (a fact she failed to declare!). The Defendant pleaded guilty and was given a 15 months suspended sentence, a Continue reading

Housing benefit on an unoccupied property

Dean acted for a local authority in a case involving the prosecution of a defendant for benefit fraud on the basis that the Defendant had vacated the property yet continued to claim housing benefit. The defendant asserted that her circumstances fell within paragraph 7(13) of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006.

Multi-day benefit fraud trial

Dean acted for a local authority in a multi-day benefit fraud trial in which it was alleged that the defendant had failed to notify the authority that she was living with her partner, thus affecting her entitlement to claim housing benefit and council tax support in an amount in excess of £10,000. The defendant called Continue reading

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