Public funding fraud can involve individuals, companies, charities or criminal gangs who make fraudulent applications for grants or public funding (also called Legal Aid) which they are not entitled to.
Sometimes people can apply for funding and make errors in their applications leading to an allegation of fraudulently claiming public funding, however.
Public funding fraud is a serious crime because it defrauds the taxpayer – public funding is money which comes from the public purse through taxes.
In cases where there is a joint application for public funding, several parties or one party may face allegations or charges of conspiracy to defraud.
A fraud conviction may lead to a custodial sentence – and the likelihood that all or a large proportion of the monies received fraudulently will have to be repaid under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
It is vital to seek expert legal advice from a specialist fraud solicitor as soon as an allegation of fraudulently claiming public funding is made.
In cases where Legal Aid has been awarded by the Legal Aid Agency and a fraud allegation is made, a Legal Aid Certificate is likely to be suspended pending an investigation – meaning that the outcome of any ongoing case which has been publicly funded would be jeopardised once funding was withdrawn.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors are leading providers of Legal Aid and can advise on allegations involving fraudulently obtaining public funding at any stage – and even before interview under caution, or if an individual in receipt of Legal Aid fears they might face allegations of Legal Aid fraud.
Duncan Lewis can also advise companies, charities – and those facing allegations of organised crime involving fraudulently obtaining public funding, grants or publicly funded awards.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors offer clients clear advice on charges relating to public funding fraud – and will always act in a client’s best interests.
Duncan Lewis also can liaise with the Legal Aid Agency – and other agencies which might be involved in fraud investigations, including:
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in public funding fraud cases.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal – and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious fraud cases.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide across England and Wales – and a fraud lawyer from Duncan Lewis can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to advise on charges relating to fraudulently obtaining public funding.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing fraud charges – call Duncan Lewis any time on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice on public funding fraud or Legal Aid fraud.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis advises clients who are facing fraud charges – or who may be interviewed in relation to public funding fraud allegations – to contact us as soon as possible.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors can advise even before a charge for fraudulently obtaining public funding is brought – and a solicitor from our specialist fraud department can attend a police station fraud interview conducted by the police, Serious Fraud Office or HM Revenue and Customs.
Public funding fraud can be complex – and may involve an allegation of benefit fraud for the purposes of obtaining grants or Legal Aid.
The Duncan Lewis Benefits Fraud Department can advise on benefit fraud investigations by the Department for Work and Pensions, including attending benefit fraud interviews at job centres conducted by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services –Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid funding at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some criminal cases, after the event insurance may be an option and Duncan Lewis will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.
Call Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors to discuss allegations or charges of fraudulently obtaining public funding on 020 7923 4020.