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Benefit fraud: Rickmansworth woman sentenced

18th November 2015

Ms Greta Ure of Goral Mead, Rickmansworth,  received a suspended jail sentence last week after a joint investigation by the District Council and the Department of Work and Pensions (Thursday 12 November 2015).   

Ms Ure dishonestly claimed Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Income Support and Jobseekers’ Allowance between 2005 and 2012. She pleaded guilty to three charges of Benefit fraud, with a balance outstanding for all benefits of £92,427, and was sentenced to eight months custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months concurrent on each offence plus an undertaking to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

Three Rivers’ lead member for resources, Cllr Matthew Bedford, said:

“This was taxpayers’ money and it should rightfully have been spent on Council services in the community. All the money must now be repaid to the District Council.

 "We have a team of investigators working full-time across Watford and Three Rivers and we do not hesitate to prosecute.  Residents can telephone or email us in confidence if they have any suspicions that a neighbour or colleague is committing benefit fraud.”

 Residents can telephone the Council investigations team in confidence on 0800 458 9200 (free from landlines) or email them.

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