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I had an interview under caution 6 weeks ago.

It was nothing like I was expecting.

The lady who interviewed me was so kind and patient.

I didn't get a solicitor in the end as I figured I didn't need to pay someone

to tell them what I could tell them myself

and I wasn't denying any of it so I didn't need defending.

The lovely investigator even phoned me afterwards to ask how I was.


I was quite sure I might not have even made it to the IUC (I kept delaying it while I waited for my special goodies to arrive :-D)

or that if I did make it (just to at least explain myself) that I would have to 'end it' before court

I gave most of my stuff to charity.

Ah well at least my flat looks nice and tidy.


I got a phone call yesterday from the investigator asking me to get a letter from my doctor,

just a short one confirming a particular period off ill health.



They already have some medical evidence anyway but just want a short Dr letter to add to it.



Apparently if I get this I will receive a caution instead as she said a prosecution would not be in the public interest.


I have made an appointment to see the Dr next week



I am starting to wind myself up incase he is awkward about it, or what if he refuses or messes it up?


Has anyone else had to do this and is it a straight forward process.

I'm stressing about everything that can go wrong now that it seems so close to being over.

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Hello there. It's a relief that you're not looking at court proceedings.


I know how easy it is to worry about everything, but I don't see why your doctor wouldn't help. If you get on well with him or her, you could tell them why the letter is needed and how you're feeling, including getting stressed if you want to share that. My own GP takes that kind of thing very seriously and would want to help.


Hugs, HB

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Thanks HB,

I think it should be straightforward but I'm just worrying about if it is not. If the Dr messes me about and the council go back on what they said then I really will fail the public interest test as I have nothing to lose and I have my bus ticket ready and waiting. I wouldn't dare dream of mentioning that to the Dr though.

After all this is over I need to spend some of what I have left on some therapy to manage the way I handle stress lol.

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Yeah I guess. I already guessed there would be a handsome fee for writing a couple of sentences. I hate going anywhere near the doctors.


I am surprised the council have been so nice to me though, I was expecting them to be a complete nightmare after reading other peoples stories. Maybe my council has a more relaxed policy on prosecutions? I'm still waiting for something to go wrong though so I can't relax just yet.

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It sounds to me as if the council have accepted that you have been under extreme stress & have a great deal of mitigation.


Don't believe all the horror stories you read- the vast majority of investigators treat people with respect. There is the few that get the rest of us a bad name - that's the same for most occupations. I'm sure your Dr will have written lots of similar letters. When you think about it, the letter is vital to your well being so it's in effect treatment.


Glad it worked out ok- you strike me as a decent person that did something they truly regret & soon you can put it behind you. Hope things work out for you x

Please do not ask me for advice via PM as I will not reply.

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Thank you very much Shoelover, I did see my doctor and couldn't believe how great he was. He said absolutely no problem whatsoever and I even can tell them to contact him personally if they want to. He said he will get a letter typed up for me ASAP.

Are you an investigator? What happens at the caution and will my employer find out?

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Yes I am.


You will be seen by another officer who will explain the caution to you & if you accept you sign.


It's confidential between you & the council, will not go on PNC & your employer will not find out unless you tell them!

Please do not ask me for advice via PM as I will not reply.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Final post to wrap up this thread.

I had my caution, it was a really quick procedure, I basically just signed a form admitting the offense. The person I saw was the fraud manager, they told me that after reviewing all the evidence it was decided that although I was over the prosecution limit, a prosecution would not be in anybody's interest.

The whole thing from IUC to receiving a caution took two months.

I have paid everything back.

The people who dealt with me were all lovely, kind and patient.


I just wanted to pop by and thank everyone who has taken time to read or reply to any of my ramblings.

Thank you for a great informative forum. I promise to make a small donation to your site next month when I get my wages.

I will sign out now



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