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Resident pleads guilty to benefit fraud

16th February 2012

A Leavesden resident pleaded guilty to benefit fraud following a trial at Watford Magistrates Court earlier this month.

On Wednesday 1 February 2012, Mr Paul Bailey, of Cheshire Drive, Leavesden pleaded guilty to claiming Housing and Council Tax Benefit on a limited income.

The trial follows a successful investigation by the Three Rivers Fraud Team who obtained evidence to show that Mr Bailey had made a false representation having failed to disclose joint ownership of a property in Uxbridge.

Mr Bailey was given a conditional discharge for a period of 36 months and ordered to pay £50 towards prosecution costs.

Matthew Bedford, Portfolio Holder for Resources, said:

"Benefit fraud is stealing from the community and the Council will not tolerate it. The money obtained fraudulently through such activity is money that could be used in Three Rivers to benefit all residents, and we encourage anyone who thinks they know someone committing benefit fraud to contact us in confidence."

If you believe someone you know is committing benefit fraud, call the confidential fraud hotline on 0800 458 9200 or email fraud@threerivers.gov.uk.