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What is the sum of the overclaim please?
Did you have this job at the time you opened the claim?
OK. It is likely that they will prosecute then. This is just too high an amount to address in any other way.
However, there is no prospect of custody.
A £12k fraud would attract a community order at the most.
It isn't aggravated by this being a false claim from the start or really any other feature.
Beginning to repay the sums taken would be very helpful to your mitigation.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Have they not found you already?
Why do you know it is coming?
there is a risk that could happen but it is not certain.
You need to decide whether you want to take the risk.
There is a chance you would not be caught. Many are not.
All the best.