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22 Mar 2013

Crawley benefit theft goes unpunished

Leanne Palmer was claiming housing benefit and council tax benefit in Crawley at the same time as claiming it in Bristol for a property she had left.

Her claim in Crawley was based on her being the only adult in the property. However, she was living with her partner, who was working.

She pleaded guilty to dishonestly claiming £2,500 and was sentenced to an 18 month conditional discharge and £200 costs. All overpaid benefit must be repaid.

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