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18 Dec 2013

Two £50k benefit thieves

A retired Farnham accountant has been jailed for six months for a £50,000 benefit scam. Peter Turnbull claimed housing and council tax benefit despite having undeclared pensions. The 66 year old pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud at Guildford Crown Court.

Meanwhile, a Walton woman who fraudulently claimed more than £53,000 in benefits has received a suspended prison sentence. Lisa Anderson pleaded guilty to two counts of benefit fraud after she dishonestly failed to declare that she was living with a partner. The overpayments ceased in October 2011 but it was only last month that she was sentenced to 40 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.

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