A welfare cheat has been sentenced to a 12-month community order and must undertake 60 hours of unpaid work after illegally claiming over £11,500 in benefits.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how a joint investigation between Bolsover District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions helped to snare Angela Crumplin, 53, of Stanhope Street, Bramley Vale.
The defendant had claimed over £11,500 in housing benefit and council tax benefit she was not entitled to over a three-year period, according to the court.
Bolsover District Council revealed that Crumplin had failed to declare she had been living with an employed partner between August 2011 and September 2014 while she still claimed the benefits.
She pleaded guilty on May 27, at Chesterfield magistrates’ court to making a false statement to Bolsover District Council with a view to obtaining housing benefit and council tax benefit.
And she appeared again at the court on June 3 when she was sentenced to a 12 month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work and she must pay court costs of £100.
She was sentenced under Section 111A of The Social Security Administration Act 1992 and also has to repay the monies she wrongly claimed.
If anyone suspects someone is committing benefit fraud, they should contact the council on (01246) 242444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
They can also report any suspected benefit fraudsters to the DWP hotline number 0845 608 8521.