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Fraud Solicitors - Benefit Fraud, False Representation & Other Low Level Fraud
While white collar crime typically involves substantial sums of money, low level fraud is, as the name suggests, at the lower end of the scale. If you are accused of any type of fraud, no matter how small, the specialist solicitors at Minton Morrill are here to help.
One of the most common types of low level fraud is benefit fraud, in which someone knowingly provides false information about their personal circumstances in order to access benefits to which they are not entitled. For example, a woman might claim to be a single mother to receive housing benefit when she is in fact living with her partner, or someone might pretend they can barely walk in order to receive incapacity benefit but then be seen participating in sporting activities.
Benefit fraud is not necessarily always deliberate. For example, there have been cases where individuals who were in legitimate receipt of benefits failed to declare substantial cash windfalls, such as lottery wins, which would invalidate their entitlement to benefits, regardless of whether or not they knew they had to do so.
Other types of low level fraud include false representation, which can include using stolen cheques or bank cards to access someone else’s money or stealing someone else’s identity to take out loans or set up other financial arrangements in their name without their knowledge.
The sale of counterfeit goods is also classed as fraud, while being found in possession of equipment which could be used to commit fraud, such as a device to attach to cash machines to capture other people’s card details, could constitute an offence of possessing an article for use in fraud.
Sentences vary depending on the severity of the offence, but all fraud is taken seriously by the courts and prison sentences can be imposed. With this in mind, you should seek specialist legal advice at the earliest opportunity if you are facing fraud charges of any description. The earlier you speak to us, the more we will be able to do to help you.
To find out how our specialist fraud solicitors in Leeds, Yorkshire and the North of England can help you, please contact us.
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