Fraud can take many forms. Generally, it involves taking property deceptively without the owner’s consent with the intention of personal gain. Criminal fraud, for example, can involve a wide range of activities and sectors including financial fraud, price fixing, false accounting, embezzlement and tax evasion. Fraud cases can be highly complex but at Keith J Tuck we have extensive knowledge in this area of law and are experienced in dealing with complexity and large amounts of evidence. If you have been charged with fraud it is important not to delay in speaking to a specialist solicitor.
Types of Fraud
At Keith J Tuck we deal with all types of fraud including:
- Mortgage fraud
- Fraudulent trading
- Internet fraud
- Pension fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Investment fraud
- Business fraud
- Copyright fraud
- Tax fraud
- Benefit fraud
Department of Work and Pension Fraud Investigations
Benefit fraud investigations are usually initiated by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or a local authority. The DWP will usually prosecute if a person deliberately makes a claim for benefits that they are not entitled to or if they fail to disclose information that affects how much in benefits they should receive. The body may also take legal action where a person has committed benefits fraud by abusing their position or have used a false identity to claim benefits. Potentially, suspects can face criminal sanctions and possibly an investigation by HMRC into their financial affairs which may result in a formal caution, a fine and a reduction or removal of benefits as well as unwelcome negative publicity. It is probable that an interview with investigators will take place and it is important to take advice before attending the interview as they can be intimidating.
Investigations by the DWP can be highly intrusive and extremely stressful for those involved. It is important that individuals or their families take legal advice as soon as possible in order to build a strong defence. This can also help prevent errors and misjudgements that may prejudice the outcome of a case at a later stage.
We have dealt with many types of benefit fraud cases and are highly familiar with the processes involved. This can be a stressful time, especially if it is the first time being exposed to the criminal justice system. Our lawyers can liaise with the DWP and attend the interview with the DWP fraud investigators to ensure proper representation, explaining the process at each stage and providing proactive and pragmatic legal advice.
Contact Our Fraud Solicitors in Glasgow, Scotland
At Keith J Tuck, Solicitors, we have particular and extensive experience in dealing with many types of fraud cases and can help you at each step of the way. Acting quickly is important so contact us as soon as you hear that you are under investigation so that we can ensure the best outcome possible for you. Our criminal lawyers operate in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. Please call on 01413362020 or contact us via our online contact form.