Two housing benefit cheats sentenced
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing, Legal
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Hambleton District Council has prosecuted two benefit cheats after its fraud team discovered the offenders had failed to tell the authority of changes to their work arrangements.
A Northallerton man, 29, was given 60 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to claiming a total of £10,580 in housing and council benefits he wasn’t entitled to. He had failed to tell the council that his wages had increased.
The overpayments came to light after he contacted the council about his plans to move home, and revealed that his earnings were higher and he didn’t need help to pay his rent.
Meanwhile, a 33-year-old woman who had claimed benefits from 2009 to 2012 while living in West Tanfield had failed to notify the council that she had begun working in both April 2010 and again in March 2011.
She had also submitted documents to the council that had been falsified in an effort to hide the true start date for her employment and failed to notify the authority that her liability to pay child care costs had ceased. She was overpaid £2,163.
She pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work.