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It may surprise you to learn that a benefit fraud investigation doesn't just target people at random. There is almost always a reason why a person comes to the attention of their Local Authority or the Department for Work and Pensions. I first became aware that I was under investigation when I received the letter that has been reproduced below:
 
interview under caution letter

Dear Mr Wynn,
 

We have reason to conduct an investigation into your claim for Housing Benefit and /or Council Tax Benefit. We would now like to interview you in connection with this investigation, to enable you to answer questions that have arisen.
 

Because I have reason to believe that you failed to declare your correct circumstances on your claim to Housing Benefit in that you have undeclared capital, we need to interview you under caution. This means that depending on what you tell us during the interview, we may take criminal proceedings against you. We will provide you with more information about the allegations when you attend for interview. Please read the notice of rights (which is attached), it sets out a summary of your rights at the interview. Please contact us if there is anything you don’t understand.
 

An interview has been arranged for you with Mr Paul Mills at The Council Offices, King's House, Hove on 19th, ***** ***** at 13:30pm. It is important that you are interviewed.
 

Please contact me as soon as possible on 01273 ****** Ext *** to confirm that you will attend the interview. If the date or time of the interview is not convenient please contact me at 01273 ****** Ext *** so that I may arrange another day that is more suitable for you. Failure to keep this appointment may not prevent criminal proceedings being taken.
 

Yours faithfully,
 
 

signature
 

Sion Thomas
Senior Manager Audit and Risk.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Audit and Risk Management Services
Now I am not the only person to receive this kind of letter, nor am I the only person to be investigated for benefit fraud. Infact, you have most probably found this site because you too are in a similar situation. However, there is most likely one key difference between my situation and yours and that is that I have been through the entire investigation process. What is more important is that I have documented all of the mistakes that I made: Everything from handling an interview under caution to choosing the right solicitor. My first solicitor, whilst fully qualified, offered advice that was so off the mark that it jeopardized my own situation. If you are under investigation then please do not make the costly mistakes that I made. You need to be fully informed from this moment onwards and in doing so you stand to significantly reduce the consequences of your own situation and in some cases even get some or all of the potential charges against you dropped. So once you have the letter what do you do next:
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Knowing what I know now I would definitely not rush into doing any of the above. The reason is that you need to be fully informed prior to taking any action. For example attending the interview is the route that I chose and it was so detrimental to my own situation that I ended up in court. Legal advice is definitely something that you need to consider, but please do not make the single biggest mistake that almost everyone makes when entering into an agreement with a solicitor. In fact, ignoring the letter would have served me better than getting the wrong legal advice or attending the interview request.

Being the subject of a benefit fraud investigation requires an understanding of the entire process, the time that each step takes, as well as an appreciation of the possible outcomes based upon the decisions that you make. Let me guide you through every step of way, assisting you to avoid the fate that was inevitable for me. Not only will I tell you my story I will reveal all of the important facts based on the correct legal advice as well as poor legal advice, research and first-hand experience of an investigation conducted by both the DWP and my local authority.

Who this ePublication is for:

In short this ePublication is for anyone who finds themselves under scruitiny for any of the following reasons:
 
  1. There is suspicion regarding employment whilst claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.
  2. There has been a change of circumstances that has gone unreported.
  3. There are questions over eligibility for Pension Credits.
  4. Income Support is being claimed, but the claim is based on inaccurate information.
  5. There has been a failure to tell the Local Authority or DWP about a relationship that could affect entitlement.
  6. An inheritance or windfall has come to the attention of the DWP and may have led to an overpayment.
  7. HMRC has suspicions regarding entitlement to Tax Credits.
  8. There are questions being raised regarding entitlement to Disability Living Allowance.
  9. There has been a request to attend an interview under caution from the Local Authority.


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