Crooked couple prosecuted after nine years of benefit fraud
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Legal
Crooked couple prosecuted after nine-years of benefit fraud
A crooked Telford couple have been prosecuted after committing a lengthy spell of benefit fraud.
Stephen Coleman, 46, of Damson Drive, The Rock, was sentenced to 30 weeks in jail after previously being found guilty of council tax benefit and income support fraud.
Also found guilty was Nicola Coleman, 40, of the same address. She was sentenced to 30 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, and was also handed a 12-month supervision order.
The pair dishonestly claimed £6,300 in council tax benefit and £38,888 in income support over a nine-year period.
A jury at Shrewsbury Crown Court heard that Mrs Coleman submitted false information to Telford & Wrekin Council on claim forms between 2002-2011.
She told the council that she was a lone parent and her ex-husband Stephen Coleman was her landlord.
Mr Coleman assisted the deception by providing false tenancy agreements, rent books and a letter purporting to be the landlord and claiming that he did not live at the address with his wife.