Welfare cheat took £3,800 in false benefits

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A LANGWITH woman who wrongly claimed £3,800 in benefits has been successfully prosecuted and has received a criminal record.

The joint investigation by Bolsover District Council and The Department for Work and Pensions resulted in Tracey May, 34, of East View, Langwith, appearing at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court on May 13 to answer a case of wrongly claiming income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit.

She pleaded guilty to failing to inform authorities of a change of circumstances while wrongly claiming over £3,800 in benefits between March and November of 2012.

May, had been claiming benefits as a single parent, but she had been living with a partner who was in employment and she knowingly failed to declare this which contradicted Section 112 of The Social Security Administration Act 1992.

She was given a conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £100 costs and to repay the benefits she wrongly claimed.

Bolsover District Council’s Customer Services’ chief Cllr Rose Bowler said: “We take benefit fraud seriously and no one should think they can get away with it. This is the latest in a line of recent court cases where it has been shown that by working with our partners we can take action against those who flout the law and this person has to live with the fact she has a criminal record.”

Those with information about benefit fraudsters should contact the council on (01246) 242444 or email fraud@bolsover.gov.uk.