6 Mar 2013

Tip-off catches single person benefit thief

A mother who claimed benefits as a single parent while she was living with her estranged husband has been ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work in the community. (h/t Dave)

Lisa Daniel, formerly of Upper Norwood, was also sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Croydon Magistrates’ Court.

The 39-year-old, now living in Exeter, had pleaded guilty to two charges of fraudulently claiming housing and council tax benefit, and income support.

Her £27,000 fraud from August 2006 to October 2009 came to light following an anonymous tip off, which led to a joint investigation by the council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Daniel was also ordered to pay £1,000 in court costs.

The council is recovering the benefit overpayment.

Councillor Dudley Mead, deputy leader of the council, said: “Benefit fraud is taking money from the taxpayers’ purse and in this case it was over a significant period of time.

“This prosecution shows how we often rely on members of the public to report suspected frauds.

“We will always investigate and as in this example, we will come down hard on those who cheat the benefits system.”

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