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Benefit fraud

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

3. What can happen if you’re found out?

If you're suspected of benefit fraud you could:

  • Have your benefits suspended
  • Be interviewed under caution
  • Be arrested and have your property searched by Police

Where it's been proved that you've claimed benefits you're not entitled to we will always try to get the money back that's been overpaid and the Single Fraud Investigation Service will consider whether any further action is appropriate.

Further action could include an administrative penalty, being denied current or future benefits, being prosecuted or confiscation of property and assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act.


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