27 Feb 2015

Five Cambridgeshire benefit thieves

Five fraudsters must repay more than £50,000 of falsely claimed benefits following a flurry of successful prosecutions by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

The five residents from Cambridge, Longstanton, Waterbeach, Great Shelford and Peterborough were brought to justice for cheating the system last week.

Trudi Johnson, of Longstanton, was given a prison sentence of 18 weeks – suspended for 18 months – after falsely claiming £10,325 in council tax benefit, income support and jobseeker’s allowance. The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to 11 charges of making dishonest claims for benefits from the council between 2000 and 2011 – and a charge of dishonestly making a false statement to the DWP in 2010. When making her claims for benefit, Ms Johnson did not declare that she owned other properties – one which she received rent from. On top of her sentence and repayment of the benefits, she was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £800 in costs.

Meanwhile, Karen Moore, from Cambridge, admitted failing to report changes in circumstances when she changed work to a higher paid job and didn’t tell the council that her daughter who lived with her had started work. This led to overpayments of housing and council tax benefit worth £6,952. The 47-year-old will complete 150 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £230.

Dawn Lennie,  from Waterbeach, admitted making a false claim to obtain benefit as she did not declare that she was receiving a private pension, resulting in £9,742 in housing and council tax benefit. The 56-year-old was sentenced to a curfew order for six months and ordered to pay £220 costs.

Barbara Tindley, from Great Shelford, also pleaded guilty to dishonestly making a false statement to obtain benefits as she had been receiving payments from her husband whom she had separated from but had not declared this, causing an overpayment of housing benefit of £13,722 and council tax benefits and income support of £2,056. The 49-year-old was sentenced to a community order, 100 hours unpaid work, costs of £230 and a victim surcharge of £60.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Universal Credit means applying on line, their is no Benefit Officer assessing the claim. So who/what is going to make any relevant checks?

Relying on people to tell the truth and report changes is naive as these cases show.