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I had money in swiss account while claiming benefits in uk.

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I had money in swiss account while claiming benefits in uk. I live abroad at the momemnt and Iam woried of prosecution . What would be worst posible case for me if i go back to England .Let me know please
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Hi.

Thank you for your question. My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

Are you asking what sentence you would receive please?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


yes am asking what would hapen to me?

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
How much did you claim in benefits and for how long please?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


For 3 years as single mother for housing benefits and income suport

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Thanks.

How much were you getting a month?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


360 pounds, 250 housing and around 110 0r 120 in benefits

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Relist: Other.
didnt get the answer
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Thanks.

Do you have any previous convictions please?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Not

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
So the overpayment is just under £13k? Is that about right?

If you received £360 a month for three years?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no sorry 360 for a week

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Really ? That would make the overpayment just over £50k ?

That is bad news I'm afraid. They will certainly prosecute if they get wind of that level of overpayment. That is beyond the appropriate level for a caution or other disposal.

in terms of sentence, Im afraid you are at risk of custody. This is a high sum of money and they will probably be saying it was a false claim from the start. If you are female then there is a chance that you would avoid custody. Judges very rarely send women to prison unless they actually kill somebody and even then they are always whinging and moaning about domestic abuse and various other excuses to get time off their sentence. If you are male then the sentences do rack up against you.

They will also ask you to repay the overpayment I'm afraid.

I am sorry that this is bad news for you.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i didnt get the answer on my last question

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Your question was what would happen if you went back to England which has been answered

I haven't seen any other question?