A RIPLEY woman involved in a £35,386 benefit fraud is paying the penalty after a successful prosecution brought by Amber Valley Borough Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.
Anne-Marie Keeling, of Kirk Close, failed to declare her alleged partner was in residence at her property and that he was in full-time employment. She was sentenced at Derby Crown Court last Wednesday, October 9.
Keeling pleaded guilty to two counts of benefit fraud between June 2008 and October 2012.
She was given an eight- month custodial sentence suspended for 18 months, an 18-month supervision order and 180 hours of unpaid work for failing to notify the council and the DWP of a change in circumstances affecting income support, housing and council tax benefit.
The council was alerted to the fraud by an anonymous phone call to the Benefits Fraudline.
Cllr Stuart Bradford, Amber Valley Borough Council leader, said: “Benefit cheats take money intended for the most vulnerable in our society and the public, quite rightly, get angry about such behaviour. With the public’s support we are closing in and catching these individuals.”
Those with information can call the DWP Benefit Fraudline on 0800 854 440 or Amber Valley Borough Council’s Fraudline (01773) 841466.