A Banstead woman has been sentenced after fraudulently claiming more than £23,000 in benefits.
Sally Anne Mullane, 64, was handed a three month jail term, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to dishonestly failing to tell Reigate and Banstead Borough Council about money she had in declared and undeclared and accounts.
The fraud, which dates back to 2011, saw Mullane claim £19,247 in housing benefit and £1,493 in council tax support from the council that she was not entitled to, as well as underpaying on her council tax by £1,026.
She also fraudulently claimed £1,331 in employment support allowance from Department of Work and Pensions.
Her crimes came to light following an investigation by the council's corporate anti-fraud team, working with the DWP.
Routine checks made in administering her benefit claim showed that since making her claim in 2009, Mullane had received large sums of money into the bank account she had declared on her claim form.
Further investigation revealed that she had a second undeclared bank account, which had also received large deposits and that Mullane had deliberately failed to tell the council or the DWP of this change in circumstances.
The court also ordered Mullane to pay the council's costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £80.
Mullane has since paid back her council tax and council tax support overpayments and begun to pay back the housing benefit.
She should have to repay twice what she stole. By the way, I wonder where that money came from?