September 27th, 2016

Pensioner admits benefit fraud

Pensioner admits benefit fraud Pensioner admits benefit fraud
Updated: 9:57 am, May 07, 2015

A WYTHALL benefit cheat pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming more than £30,000.

Ann Roberts, of Dennis Potter Court, was sentenced at Redditch Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, September 9.

The 69-year-old admitted falsely claiming housing benefit, council tax benefit and pension credit totalling £31,484.16 after failing to declare her partner worked as a coach driver between June 2008 and January 2014.

She was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison which is suspended for 12 months and was also handed a 12 month community order.

Roberts will also complete 200 hours of unpaid work and had to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

The overpaid benefits are being recovered by Bromsgrove District Council and the Department of Work and Pensions through their own methods.

A spokeswoman for Bromsgrove District Council said: “This case again demonstrates the importance of declaring true circumstances when claiming benefit and reporting any changes as they take place.

“Failure to do so may lead to a criminal record and could have an impact on future claims.”

Anybody wishing to report a suspicion of benefit fraud can call the investigations team on 01527 881221.