Benefit fraud penalties
People suspected of benefit theft face:
- Having to pay back all the money they have illegally claimed in full to the Council together with any court costs that have been incurred
- Prosecution through the courts
- A prison sentence, or suspended prison sentence
- A fine
- A community order
- A criminal record
- Being named and shamed in the local media.
For more information please contact our Benefit Fraud Team.
Last reviewed: 24 - 10 - 2013