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Hi, thank you for your question. You have a duty to the Inland Revenue to disclose such a change in circumstance as it will impact your entitlement to tax credits.
Given that the allegation is true, the Inland Revenue will investigate whether you have deliberately failed to tell them your true circumstances because you knew it would impact your entitlement.
The Inland Revenue have the option to question you under caution (therefore you being arrested) and will refer the case to the Crown Prosecution service if the overpayment is £2000 or over, you have used false identity or documents, or previously committed benefit fraud. You should be aware that not all cases end in prosecution.
If they request that you attend an interview under caution you should obtain advice from a local criminal solicitor who will likely be able to attend the interview with you.
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