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11 Feb 2014

No jail for £69k single person benefit fraud

A woman was ordered to pay back almost £70,000 in falsely claimed benefits at Basildon Crown Court last month.

Suzanne Rollisson, from Westcliff, claimed to be single, accruing £69,619 in income support, housing benefit, council tax benefit and tax credit fraud.

Miss Rollisson, also received a 22-week suspended prison sentence and was ordered to spend 25 days in education and training.

A joint investigation between the Department for Work and Pensions and Southend Council found that Miss Rollisson had in fact been living with her partner for six years, while fraudulently claiming to be single.

Between December 2007 and March 2013 Miss Rollisson obtained more than £20,000 in housing benefit, around £3,400 in council tax benefit, £34,000 in tax credits and almost £10,500 in income support.

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