8 Feb 2016

Easy to get away with

A benefit cheat who fraudulently claimed £21,000 fraud has avoided jail.

For seven years Rebecca Hehir, 34, failed to tell Cheshire East Council and the Department for Work and Pensions that her partner was living with her when she claimed for a reduction in council tax and housing benefit.

The fraud lasted from May 18, 2007 to February 2, 2014, and came to more than £21,000.

Hehir, from Macclesfield, admitted two charges of fraud by false representation at Macclesfield magistrates’ court.

She was sentenced to prison for 16 weeks, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work.

Hehir will have to pay back the full overpayment and was also told she must also pay prosecution costs of £1,025.


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