Our criminal defence solicitors are able to provide expert legal support to businesses and individuals facing accusations of Furlough fraud.
As with any application for government funding, applying for a claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) carries with it an obligation to notify HMRC if circumstances change. If there is evidence of any wrongdoing then criminal offences such as Furlough fraud may be considered.
Whether mistakes were made deliberately or in error, our criminal lawyers are able to advise on the following Furlough fraud offences:
- Fraud by misrepresentation
- Fraud by failing to disclose information
- Fraud by abuse of position
- Conspiracy to defraud
- Cheating the public revenue
We understand that being the subject of a criminal investigation during these unprecedented times can cause tremendous strain. Our criminal defence solicitors are committed to minimising the impact of any investigation whilst protecting the privacy of our clients.
Frequently asked questions
Who can be prosecuted for furlough fraud?
If HMRC suspects that a company has overpaid CJRS grants, but the company is subject to, or likely to be subject to, an insolvency procedure, company directors or anyone who was directly involved in the management of the company at the time of the claim can be jointly liable.
What are the penalties for furlough fraud?
Fraud offences can attract a range of sentences and orders if a person is found guilty, including fines, imprisonment, compensation and confiscation orders, directors disqualification and Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPO).
Fraud and White Collar Crime
Serious Fraud Office
Bribery and Corruption
Investigative Interview under Caution
Dawn Raids (Emergency Service)
Companies Act Offences
Insider Dealing and Market Abuse
Bounce Back Loan Fraud