Benefit cheats prosecuted

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Two WOMEN from Creswell who dishonestly claimed over £13,000 in benefits have been successfully prosecuted by Bolsover District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Joanne Law, 26, of Victoria Street, and Lisa Russon, 29, of Model Village, both appeared at Worksop Magistrates’ Court on January 18 and both pleaded guilty to claiming housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support as single persons whilst they were living with employed partners.

Law and Russon received benefits totalling £13,100 between 2010 and 2011, to which they were not entitled, according to the council. They were convicted under Section 112 of The Social Security Administration Act 1992.

Law was fined £100 and Russon was fined £70 and each of them was ordered to pay costs of £100 and victim surcharges of £15.  Both Law and Russon also have to repay the benefits they dishonestly claimed.

Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for corporate resources Cllr Duncan McGregor said: “This money could be going to a family or person in real need. This is another case of people claiming benefits to which they are not entitled and thinking they are above the law.

“We take issues such as this extremely seriously and will do everything in our power to catch and prosecute anyone falsely claiming benefits.”

Those who suspect anyone of benefit fraud are urged to call the council on (01246) 242444 or email fraud@bolsover.gov.uk with details.