Recent Convictions

The Council took people to Court for a variety of reasons including:

  • Failing to declare that they had started work
  • Failing to declare that they had a second job
  • Failing to declare all their earnings
  • Failing to declare that they had a partner living with them
  • Failing to declare that a non-dependant had moved in
  • Failing to declare a relevant change in circumstances
  • Failing to declare all their savings, property, and investments
  • Failing to declare all their income
  • Failing to declare that their Income Support or Jobseeker’s Allowance had ended.

The remainder of this section gives a brief synopsis of the successful prosecutions that the Council have had against benefit cheats over the past 3 years.


2012

30/08/2012

A 56 year old man that failed to declare that his partner had started work was sentenced to 60 hours unpaid work. The man had claimed Job Seeker’s Allowance, Housing and Council Tax Benefits of £2681.91 that he was not entitled to.

23/08/2012

A 38 year old woman was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £270 after she was convicted of failing to declare that her earnings had increased. She had fraudulently claimed £4505.18 Housing and Council Tax Benefits.

06/08/2012

A 29 year old mother of four was sentenced to a six month prison sentence suspended for a year and 150 hours unpaid work. The woman had failed to declare that her partner was living with her. She had received £66,674.47 in Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefits that she was not entitled to.

The woman’s 48 year old partner was also prosecuted under joint enterprise legislation. It was felt that the man had benefitted from the money that the woman had fraudulently claimed. The woman had acted as a prosecution witness. The man was sentenced to nine month prison sentence.

30/07/2012

A 34 year old man that failed to declare that he had started work was sentenced to a 12 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, given a curfew order so that he was not allowed out from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am and ordered to pay £300 costs. He had claimed Housing and Council Tax Benefits of £3582.02 that he was not entitled to.

12/07/2012

A 30 year old woman was fined £215 and ordered to pay costs of £385 after she had failed to declare that her partner was living with her. She had claimed £4016.32 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits that she was not entitled to.

12/07/2012

A24 year old woman that failed to declare that her earnings had increased resulting in an overpayment of Housing and Council Tax Benefits of £2809.37 was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £370.

29/06/2012

A 48 year old man was sentenced to three months in prison after he had failed to declare that he had started work. The man had been convicted of the same offence on 28/01/2011. He had fraudulently claimed Job Seeker’s Allowance, Housing and Council Tax Benefits of £5609.32.

24/05/2012

A 32 year old man was ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid work and pay £370 costs after he was convicted of not declaring that his partner was living with him. The man was overpaid £14,022.81 in Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefits. The matter came to light following a National Fraud Initiative data match.

27/04/2012

A 42 year old woman was sentenced to 100 hours unpaid work after she failed to declare that her partner was in receipt of an occupational pension. The matter came to light following a National Fraud Initiative data match. The woman had claimed £6600.11 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits that she was not entitled to.

26/04/2012

A 61 year old man was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £385 after failing to declare that he had savings in excess of £16,000. The matter came to light following a Housing Benefit Matching Service data match (HBMS). HBMS had matched the tax paid to Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs from the interest payments that he had received to the benefit claim. The man had received £5784.83 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits that he was not entitled to.

26/04/2012

A 30 year old man who had failed to declare that he owned a property that he was renting out was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £385. He had claimed £2683.81 Housing and Council Tax Benefits that he was not entitled to.

22/03/2012

A 48 year old man pleaded guilty to working and claiming. He had fraudulently claimed £3236.76 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits. He was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid work.

08/03/2012

A 55 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he was living with his partner following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. The man had fraudulently claimed £14742.08 in Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefits. He was sentenced to 250 hours unpaid work.

09/02/2012

A 49 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he owned a property on his claims for Housing and Council Tax. He had fraudulently claimed £7850.54 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits. He was sentenced to a curfew order for 4 months.

12/01/2012

A 67 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that his non-dependant grandchild had been living him. The man had been overpaid £3230.53 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits. He was given a conditional discharge.

06/01/2012

A 48 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he had an occupational pension. The matter came to light following an allegation that he had been working. The man had denied the work initially and copies of his bank statements were requested to prove that he had received the wages. These showed the payments from the pension provider. As a result he was overpaid £32881.77 in Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefits. The man was sentenced to a 32 weeks custody suspended for 12 months, a 5 month curfew order and a specified activity of financial training.


2011

08/12/2011

A 53 year old man was sentenced pleaded guilty to failing to declare that his wife had started work following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. He had claimed £3173.63 in Job Seeker’s Allowance, Housing and Council Tax Benefits that he was not entitled to. He was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge.

24/11/2011

A 21 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she had started work. She had fraudulently claimed £3257.15 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits. She was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £250.

18/11/2011

A 40 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she had savings in excess of £16,000 following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. She had fraudulently claimed £1892.42 in Council Tax Benefit. She was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £100.

18/11/2011

A 44 year old man was sentenced to five months imprisonment following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. The man had failed to declare that his children had been taken into care in June 2007. He had fraudulently claimed £22934.56 in Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefits.

10/11/2011

A 40 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she had started work. She had fraudulently claimed £2921.47 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits that she was not entitled to. She was sentenced to 50 hours unpaid work. She also received another 50 hours unpaid work for a similar offence that she was convicted on in June 2010 that she received a conditional discharge for.

10/11/2011

A 64 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare an occupational pension. The matter came to light following a data match from the Housing Benefit Matching Service. She had claimed £2605.08 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits that she was not entitled to. She was sentenced to a £100 conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £100.

10/11/2011

A 43 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she had started work. She had claimed £2317.87 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits that she was not entitled to. She was fined £180 and ordered to pay costs of £385.

10/11/2011

A 42 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he was in receipt of a student loan. The matter came to light following receipt of the National Fraud Initiative data match from the Audit Commission. The case was investigated jointly with the Department for Work and Pensions. He had fraudulently claimed £5766.20 in Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefits.

10/11/2011

A 66 year old woman pleaded guilty to declare that she had savings in excess of £16,000. The matter came to light following a data match from the Housing Benefit Matching Service. She had claimed £3284.49. She was fined £265 and ordered to pay costs of £120.

10/11/2011

A 29 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing that her partner had moved in with her following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. She had claimed £4261.29 Housing and Council Tax Benefits that she was not entitled to. She was fined £240 and ordered to pay costs of £385.

27/10/2011

A 56 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he had savings in excess of £16,000 following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. He had fraudulently claimed £13268.71 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits.

19/10/2011

A 35 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he had started work. He had fraudulently claimed £5658.63 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits. He was sentenced to a six month Community Service Order with 40 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay costs of £370.

13/10/2011

A 23 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing that her partner had moved in with her following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. She had claimed £14479.03 in Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefits that she was not entitled to. She was sentenced to a 2 year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £100.

13/10/2011

A 61 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she had savings in excess of £16,000 following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. She had fraudulently claimed £7787.64 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits. She was sentenced to 100 hours unpaid work, £370 fine and a 12 month conditional discharge.

23/09/2011

A 35 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she was a student in receipt of a student loan. The matter came to light following receipt of the National Fraud Initiative data match from the Audit Commission. She had received Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefits totalling £7,196.26 that she was not entitled to. She was sentenced to 40 hours unpaid work.

22/09/2011

A 44 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she had been working following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. She had fraudulently claimed £1,977.66 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits. She was sentenced to 60 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £100 costs.

16/09/2011

A 63 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she had been working following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. The matter came to light following receipt of the National Fraud Initiative data match from the Audit Commission. She had received Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefits totalling £29,600.47 that she was not entitled to. She was sentenced to a two conditional discharge and ordered to pay £150 costs.

11/08/2011

A 36 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that her partner had been working following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. She had fraudulently claimed £2,034.75 Housing and Council Tax Benefits that she was not entitled to. She was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £100.

11/08/2011

A 59 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he had been working following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. He had received £2,307.54 Housing and Council Tax Benefits that he was not entitled to. The man was sentenced to 100 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £85 costs.

29/06/2011

A 51 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she was in receipt of Tax Credits. She had fraudulently claimed £2,106.73. She was fined £65 and ordered to pay costs of £430.

27/05/2011

A 39 year old woman was arrested and brought before the court after failing to attend the first hearing. She had failed to declare that she was a student in receipt of a student loan. The matter came to light following receipt of the National Fraud Initiative data match from the Audit Commission. She had received Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefits totalling £7,196.26 that she was not entitled to. She was sentenced to a two month curfew order monitored by tag and ordered to pay £100 costs.

26/05/2011

A 33 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he had been working whilst claiming. He had fraudulently claimed £1,526.76 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits. He was fined £200 and ordered to pay £100 costs.

04/02/2011

A 46 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he had been working following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. He had received £3,019.13 Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefits that he was not entitled to. The man was sentenced to 80 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £100 costs.

04/02/2011

A 45 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he had been working following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. He had fraudulently claimed £461.97 Council Tax Benefit. He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £100 costs.

28/01/2011

A 47 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he had been working following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. He had received £7,729.14 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits that he was not entitled to. The man was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to attend a 10 day Financial Management Programme and pays costs of £90.

21/01/2011

A 36 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she had been working following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. She had received £2,658.63 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits that she was not entitled to. The woman was sentenced to a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £430 costs.


2010

23/12/2010

A 41 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he had started work following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. The man had claimed £3,949.85 in Job Seeker’s Allowance, Housing and Council Tax Benefits that he was not entitled to. He was fined £335 and ordered to pay costs of £150.

23/12/2010

A 36 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that her partner was living with her following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. She had fraudulently claimed £10,926.68 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits. She was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work and 10 hours specified activity and ordered to pay £100 costs.

25/11/2010

A 43 year old man pleaded guilty to working whilst in receipt of benefits. He had fraudulently claimed £4,737.20. He was sentenced to 80 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £235 costs.

17/11/2010

A 42 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that her non-dependant son had started work. She had fraudulently claimed £8,409.15 that she was not entitled to. She was sentenced to a 5 month curfew order.

05/11/2010

A 42 year old woman pleaded guilty to working whilst in receipt of benefits. She had claimed £1,717.46 that she was not entitled to. She was sentenced to do 180 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £100 costs.

28/10/2010

A 30 year old man was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £170 after pleading guilty to failing to declare that he had started work. He had been overpaid £3,601.44.

14/10/2010

A 53 year old man pleased guilty to knowingly continuing to claim Housing Benefits from an address that he had moved from. He had claimed £2,200 that he was not entitled to. He was sentenced to a 2 year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £370.

14/10/2010

A 53 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that his partner had started work. He had fraudulently been overpaid £4,170.79. He was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £300.

23/09/2010

A 51 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that her husband had started work. She had been overpaid £5,320.46. She was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £470.

31/08/2010

A 38 year old woman was sentenced to an 18 month conditional discharge after failing to declare that her partner had moved in with her. The investigation was conducted in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions. She had fraudulently claimed £1,259.12 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits.

22/07/2010

A thirty three old man was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £370 costs after failing to declare that his Tax Credits had increased. The man had been overpaid £339.83. The case had been referred to the courts because he had received a Caution for a similar offence prior to this happening.

22/07/2010

A thirty year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that his earnings had increased and that his partner was in receipt of a student award. He was sentenced to a 12 month Community Order, ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £490. He had been overpaid £2,165.12.

24/06/2010

A 60 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she had started work. She had been overpaid £460.85. She was sentenced to a 6 month Community Punishment Order and ordered to pay costs of £410.

11/06/2010

A 35 year old woman was sentenced to a 12 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. The woman had failed to declare that her partner was living with her. She had falsely claimed £35,039.09 in Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefits that she was not entitled to.

22/04/2010

A 37 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that her partner had started work. The matter came to light following receipt of the National Fraud Initiative data match from the Audit Commission. She had received £2,312.71 that she was not entitled to receive. The woman was sentenced to a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £300 costs.

09/04/2010

A 51 year old woman was sentenced to six months in prison following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. She had failed to declare that her partner was living with her. She had received £17,744.65 in Housing and Council Tax Benefits.

25/03/2010

A 53 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that his non-dependant daughter had started work. The matter came to light following receipt of the National Fraud Initiative data match from the Audit Commission. The man was sentenced to a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £500. He had fraudulently claimed £4,708.18.

11/03/2010

A 29 year old man was successfully prosecuted even though he failed to attend court himself. The man had failed to declare that his earnings and Tax Credits had increased. He had been offered a Caution as an alternative to going to court; which he declined. He had received £421.40 that he was not entitled to. He was sentenced to a £100 fine and ordered to pay costs of £250.

11/03/2010

A 44 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that her earnings had increased. She had claimed £1,157.87 that she was not entitled to. She was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £250.

29/01/2010

A 50 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she was in receipt of Working Tax Credit. She was sentenced to a month's curfew order and ordered to pay costs of £85.


2009

26/11/2009

A 51 year old man pleaded guilty to working whilst in receipt of benefits. He had fraudulently claimed £2899.30. He was sentenced to an 80 hour Community Punishment Order.

26/11/2009

A 47 year old woman that had been prosecuted for benefit offences on 14/05/2009 appeared before Magistrates again for working whilst she was in receipt of benefits. She had been overpaid a further £804.80. She was sentenced to a 40 hour Community Punishment Order.

04/09/2009

A 45 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she had savings in excess of £16,000 following a joint investigation with the Department for work and Pensions. She was sentenced to a 100 hour Community Punishment Order and ordered to pay costs of £75.

31/07/2009

A 34 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to failing to declare that a non-dependant person was living in his household. The non-dependant person had been working full time and would have been expected to pay towards the rent and Council Tax. This case was referred as part of the Audit Commission's National Fraud Initiative. The man had claimed £10073.06 that he was not entitled to. He was sentenced to a 250 hour Community Punishment Order and ordered to pay costs of £500.

21/05/2009

A 56 year old woman was found guilty of working whilst in receipt of benefits. She had fraudulently claimed £7818.08 that she was not entitled to. She was sentenced to a 150 hour Community Punishment Order and ordered to pay costs of £75.

14/05/2009

A 46 year old woman pleaded guilty to failing to declare that she owned another property resulting in her fraudulently claiming £3863.62 that she was not entitled to. She was sentenced to a 150 hour Community Punishment Order and ordered to pay costs of £300.

23/04/2009

A 53 year old man pleaded guilty to failing to declare that he had savings in excess of £16,000 following a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions. He was sentenced to a 30 weeks in prison suspended for two years and a 150 hour Community Punishment Order. A confiscation order for £17,000 was also awarded.

13/03/2009

A 45 year old woman was sentenced to a 100-hour Community Punishment Order and ordered to pay costs of £250 after she failed to declare that she had been awarded Tax Credits. This customer had been prosecuted by the DWP for a similar offence in February 2007. That time she was sentenced to a 2-year Conditional Discharge. As the new offence had been committed during the period of the conditional discharge she was resentenced to a further 50-hour Community Punishment Order.

15/01/2009

A 59 year old man was sentenced to a 12-month Conditional Discharge and order to pay £100 costs after he failed to declare that his partner had been working. The total overpayment was £4,855.89. This case was identified via a data matching exercise.

02/01/2009

A 45 year old woman was sentenced to a 100 hour Community Punishment Order and ordered to pay costs of £250 after she failed to declare that she was in receipt of Tax Credits. She had fraudulently claimed £931.90 that she was not entitled to; however she had been prosecuted for a similar offence on 08/02/2007.

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