Fraudster claimed benefits despite having thousands in savings
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing, Legal
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A benefit cheat who claimed almost £14,000 in job seeker's allowance while having undeclared savings of £16,000 tied up in a property has been prosecuted.
Natalya Grigorovich attracted the attention of Richmond Council’s internal audit and investigation team who worked in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions to unearth her crimes.
Grigorovich, 36, of Queens Road, Richmond, pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court last week.
She was given a nine-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay legal costs of £85 and received a £15 victim surcharge.
The crook had already repaid the money she swindled.
The council’s cabinet member for resources and deputy leader, cllr Geoffrey Samuel, said: “Yet another success for the council’s benefit fraud investigators. We will leave no stone unturned when it comes to weeding these parasites out and bringing them to justice.
"They need to be stopped and we have the resources and willpower to make sure this happens. A number of people feel that benefit fraudsters should receive a custodial sentence regardless of how much they steal and I’m sure many of our residents will agree.”
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