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22 Jun 2015

Light sentences for benefit thieves

Two women have been prosecuted by Brentwood Council after illegally claiming benefits.

Jean Tucay, 40, was overpaid a total of £30,472.20. She failed to notify the Council that her partner had moved in with her.

As a result she was overpaid £27,256.16 Housing Benefit between July 2010 and September 2013, and £3,216.03 Council Tax benefit between July 2010 and March 2013.

On June 15 she pleaded guilty to one charge at Southend Crown Court. She was sentenced to 100 hours unpaid work in the community, was ordered to pay £1,000 costs, a £60 victim surcharge and she must pay back the overpayment in full.

Diane Hibble, 48, was overpaid a total of £6,285.46. She failed to notify the Council that her partner's income had increased and as a result, she was overpaid £5,268.25 Housing Benefit from May 2012 to August 2014, £351.90 Council Tax benefit between May 2012 and March 2013, and £665.31 Local Council Tax Support between April 2013 and October 2014.

On June 12 she pleaded guilty at Basildon Magistrates' Court. She was sentenced to pay £100 costs, a victim surcharge of £15 and must pay back the overpayment in full. She was also given a 12-month conditional discharge.

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