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i have had an interview under caution with DWP re benefit fraud and it was established there was an over payment of 5900 pounds over a three year period.
i am currently paying it back 200 per month
i started working part time but failed to inform DWP of my earnings which exceeded the 100 per week upper limit
they are currently deciding on whether to prosecute or not.
i initially told them that i didn't t think i did anything wrong, but i accept that I am obliged to pay back the overpayment. The DWP told me that this wasn't an acceptance of the charge against me, so may proceed to court.
My question is, if i put forward a guilty plea now, will it avoid proceeding to court action?
I am a teacher, and provide for my family and disabled wife.
Can you help?
My wife filled in the benefit claim forms, and sent them off
-i have not disclosed this to the DWP as she has mental health problems. and i felt i needed to protect her from any undue stress. Neither of us were aware of the upper earning limit.
Should I disclose them to DWP, and would it stop them pursuing me?