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I need advice on having claimed an education bursary i was

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I need advice on having claimed an education bursary i was initially entitled to but then after having withdrew from the course- the payments did not stop- even though I informed the institution- but foolishly because payments did not stop i continued to accept the monthly payments.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Hi.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
What would you like to know about this please?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I need to know if there is any chance of prosecution- even though i am willing to pay back the amount initially paid. I am able to pay in installments but it will take some time.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Also I have no offences ad this is really only the first ting i have done like this - i am aware i should not accepted the moneyafter i was no longer entitled but i was unemployed and i suppose it was difficult to refuse
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
What is the sum in question?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
£9000 in total
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
it was an education bursary
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Are they likely to call the police?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have no idea- that is what I am asking you!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I initially informed them that i was no longer entitled to the bursary but they continued payments- i am assuming that if i am willing to pay it back they will not call the police
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Obviously I will not know whether they will call the police or not. It is a matter for them.
They could. As a matter of policy they may well take the view it is in the public interest. If they do then I'm afraid a prosecution is inevitable given the amount whether you repay or not.
If they do not then obviously not.
Either way, repaying would be a good idea from a mitigation point of view.
You could use the offer of repayment as a bargaining chip to avoid a prosecution.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
if they do prosecute - what are the repercussions - is it a fine? or more serious?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
The reason you are experiencing delay is that you keep posting before I have responded.
However, since you are displeased I will opt out.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I just needed to know the repercussions
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
I have opted out.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
i would like to continue
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
if you have read the messages- please can you answer the last question i posed regarding repercussions of my situation
thanks
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
ok thanks
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Expert:  Ben Jones replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is***** am a solicitor on this site and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. If you are looking at the potential sentence you may get if this matter goes to court then it is likely to be a community order because it is only a change of circumstances rather than a false claim from the start and also there has been no breach of trust.
The offence does cross the custodial threshold but on a first offence a court would have to consider suspending it.
Therefore what my colleague advised was correct that making attempts to repay it would provide you with the best mitigation and hopefully avoid any of the more serious consequences mentioned.
I trust this has answered your query. I would be grateful if you could please take a second to leave a positive rating (selecting 3, 4 or 5 starts at the top of the page). If for any reason you are unhappy with my response or if you need me to clarify anything before you go - please get back to me on here and I will assist further as best as I can. Thank you
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank-you for answer. It was helpful.