Acquittal In Benefit Fraud & Fraud Against Legal Aid Fund

Our Specialist Fraud Solicitors were instructed to represent a woman charged with 4 counts of Benefit Fraud and one count of Fraud against the Legal Aid Agency.  It was alleged that our client had made an application for DWP benefits (income support and housing benefit) to which she was not entitled.

This prosecution was based on the fact that our client was the owner of a property in London, of which the equity took her significantly over the capital reserves criteria.  It was the prosecution’s case that our client’s property was valued in excess of £250,000.00.  

Our Fraud Lawyers disputed the criteria applied by the prosecution in calculating the equity and capital reserves. From our investigations, it was apparent that our client’s property was in negative equity and as such had an underlying entitlement.  Lengthy representations were made pointing out the deficiencies in the prosecution’s case and inviting them to review their case in light of our representations and the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

The matter was called in for trial and the prosecution sought and obtained an adjournment on the basis that their case was deficient and did not meet the criteria that there was a realistic prospect of a successful prosecution.  

On the second trial listing, the prosecution accepted that they could not make their case. Equally, the Legal Aid Agency accepted that there was no basis for their prosecution to continue against our client and accordingly offered no evidence.  

Thus our client was formally acquitted of all charges.