5 Aug 2016

Benefit claimant didn't disclose £40k inheritance

A Thornaby woman failed to disclose an inheritance of more than £40,000 while still claiming benefits, a court heard.

Single mum Caroline Painter, previously of Thirsk, pleaded guilty at Northallerton Magistrates Court to four offences, including failing to inform Hambleton District Council that she had received an inheritance of £40,406 while claiming housing benefit and council tax reduction.

The 42-year-old also admitted giving false information on forms relating to the claims.

Painter was given a 12 month community order, during which time she will have to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay £250 as a contribution to the council’s legal costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

She is also responsible for repaying the overpaid housing benefit of £3646.26, and repaying the £440.88 reduction she was granted through the council tax reduction scheme.

A Hambleton Council spokesperson said the case was part of the authority’s “ongoing campaign to stamp out benefit fraud.”


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