£2,269 this was over 30 years ago
my husband - we were not married at the time, claimed unemployment benefit whilst working and he got caught and went to prison - I think it was for 3 months and at the time was not asked to make any payments. Over the last few years he has received letters from the DWP asking for the money to be repaid.He has ignored them as he did the prison sentence, the debt is now being referred to a solicitor. I just want to know that if a prison sentence was served and it has taken nearly 30 years to ask for this money does it have to be paid
Yes he did £500 and then served 3 months in prison. He also phoned the DWP 3 years ago to obtain evidence that he still owed this which they were gong to get from the archives but never received anything so as far as my husband was concerned he didn't have to pay
yes it was paid at the time over a period of months
He also claimed benefit twice after this incident and was not refused or asked to pay back the £2,269
No he is not on Benefits now and hasn't been for over 20 years - all I really want to know is that do we have to pay anything back as I don't want it to go to the Solicitors and end up paying court costs and interest on the amount or do we just set up a payment plan to pay it back now
Sorry if i'm sounding a bit niave but is it the DWP that sue the civil courts for the amount owed
Thank you for your help Jo I think we will wait and see what the Solicitors say before we offer to set up a payment plan as they will need to prove it as my husband has asked for evidence before and not received anything back
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