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

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