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Maple Cross benefit fraud sentence

13th January 2014

A Maple Cross resident has appeared in St Albans Crown Court on 12th December 2013 and has pleaded guilty to a single count of benefit fraud resulting in an  overpayment of benefits totalling £11,572.66p.

The Court heard that both Local Authority and Department for Works & Pensions (DWP) fraud investigators had obtained evidence to show that Ms Alexander, of Oakhill Road, Maple Cross, who had been claiming a number of benefits including Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Council Tax and Housing Benefit on the basis on a limited income and assets, had failed to disclose her employment and income with a number of organisations. 

District Judge Connelly, having considered Ms Alexander’s previous good character, sentenced her to a community order along with a curfew requirement and tagged accordingly.  She was further ordered to pay £90 costs along with a £15 victim surcharge and is required to repay the overpayment.

The Council is committed to ensuring that benefits are delivered to those who have a true entitlement to them. We want you to take an active role by advising Three Rivers about any person you feel may be receiving benefit which they are not entitled to.

Telephone no:
0800 458 9200
Fax no:
01923 727194
Email:
fraud@threerivers.gov.uk

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