A Shirebrook woman has been found by a trial jury to have falsely claimed over £79,390 in benefits she was not entitled to.
Derby Crown Court heard how Kawana Greig, 34, of Central Drive, Shirebrook, had denied falsely claiming benefits at a previous hearing but a trial jury unanimously decided she was guilty of failing to declare a change in circumstances after a hearing earlier this month.
The joint investigation by Bolsover District Council and The Department for Work and Pensions saw Greig claim income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit as a single parent between January 2006 and November 2011 whilst she had been living with a partner who was in employment.
She will be sentenced for dishonestly failing to declare a change in circumstances, contrary to Section 111A (1A) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, and will also have to repay the amounts she has falsely claimed.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services Cllr Rose Bowler said: “This is one of the biggest cases of falsely claiming benefits we have dealt with and we are delighted that the jury returned a guilty verdict.
“This person claimed benefits that she knew were not rightfully hers for five-and-a-half years and then to enter a plea of not guilty is beyond belief - we now await the sentencing verdict which we hope will match the crime committed.”
The matter has been adjourned until July 26 for pre-sentence reports when Greig will have to appear again at Derby Crown Court for sentencing.
If anyone knows or suspects others of committing benefit fraud, they are urged to provide details to the council on (01246) 242444 or by emailing email@example.com or by calling the DWP hotline number 0845 6088521.