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26 Mar 2014

Artist was benefit thief

A benefit cheat has been forced to repay the money she illegally claimed and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Pamela Graziani, 61, from Windsor, also known as Pamela Ayton, was handed the sentence and ordered to repay £6,473.05 at Slough Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to six offences of dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstances.

Mrs Graziani was overpaid £5,008.74 in employment and support allowance, £1,163.30 in housing benefit and £301.01 in council tax benefit.

The Royal Borough teamed up with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to successfully prosecute Mrs Graziani, after a government data matching exercise revealed she had failed to declare rental income from foreign students who were undeclared tenants, between August 3, 2011 and August 13, 2013.

Mrs Graziani was also ordered to pay costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £60.

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