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23 Mar 2015

Benefit fraud lasted five years

A Flixton benefit cheat who falsely claimed more than £22,000 over a five year period has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Alison Lett, 58, was convicted of dishonestly obtaining employment support allowance from the department for work and pensions and housing and council tax benefit from Trafford Council amounting to £22,202.

Lett had claimed employment support allowance, housing and council tax benefit on the basis that she lived alone.

Investigations showed that she had made a number of false representations to the department for work and pensions and Trafford Council, by failing to declare that her partner was living with her. This resulted in an overpayment of benefit between November 2008 and April 2013.

But after that it took nearly two years for the case to reach court.

She was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years and placed under a curfew restriction for 16 weeks between 7pm and 7am.

In addition she was ordered to pay £400 towards the cost of the prosecution and pay a victim surcharge of £80.

Trafford Council and the DWP are recovering all of the monies that were obtained as a result of the offences from Lett.

Council counter fraud officers were alerted to the case as a result of information obtained from a partnership project with Greater Manchester Police, which indicated that she was living with her partner.

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