Hello, I'm new to this forum but have been reading posts often and could really use some advice!
I'm a mum of two children one is 3 and one is 5.
Last week I received a letter to say I am requested to attend an interview under caution as they believe I have committed a criminal offence in regards to my employment. I am no longer claiming benefits as I have moved back in with my babies dad. I took a job last year whilst I was claiming income support, and I worked there for 10 weeks, I only took the job as a trial because my little boy has ADHD and possible asd so he can't cope with change to his routine. I hated being on benefits so really wanted to work but it became quickly apparent that it was affecting him and I had to quit.
Since receiving this letter I haven't ate or slept, I feel physically sick! I thought that I was allowed to work up to 16 hours when I was on income support but since receiving the letter I have researched it and now realised that I must have declared it. I'm so scared that they will make an example of me and send me to jail.
I have a tax credit investigation a few years ago and it was settled as a civil investigation and I have a direct debit to pay it back, but can the dwp use that against me, and will a court use that as I have committed fraud before, or are they not allowed to throw in something thats already been dealt with?
I'm also worried now that I also didnt inform tax credits at the time of the job so will I also be in trouble with them to now?
I have paid a solicitor to come with me on Wednesday but I can't think of anything else, I'm so scared!
Will be grateful for any advice please!!!