The UK law defines fraud as making a dishonest representation to make a gain for yourself or to cause another a loss. It also entails dishonestly withholding information when you had a duty to disclose it.
Benefit fraud is an offence that may involve the making of a dishonest representation to claim benefits.
A conviction for this offence can have devastating consequences on your finances and your family. If found guilty, you may face a custodial sentence. This type of offending is viewed very seriously, due to the loss being suffered to the public purse. If convicted, you will be made to return the money obtained fraudulently.
The law allows local authorities, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and other government agencies to conduct investigations to identify and prevent fraudulent activities. These agencies may share information about you with each other. Additionally, the law allows them to gain access to your workplace or business premises as part of an investigation.