16 May 2013

Suspended sentences for two £11k benefit thefts

Two benefit thieves who stole £11,000 each have received suspended prison sentences (h/t VNCounterFraud).

Mark Stimpson, from Botley, failed to inform the Vale of White Horse District Council that he had worked at two different pubs between March 2009 and May 2012, and received housing benefit he was not entitled to as a result. He was given a six-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 80 hours unpaid work.

A Berrow pensioner worked on a seasonal basis over three years whilst claiming Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. The overpaid benefit amounted to nearly £11,000 and the offender has been sentenced to three months' imprisonment, suspended for two years.

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