Thursday, 17 August 2017

Benefit fraudster caught

A WOMAN from Checkendon has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after claiming more than £11,300 in benefits she

A WOMAN from Checkendon has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after claiming more than £11,300 in benefits she wasn’t entitled to.

Kelly Mullins, 30, of Whitehall Lane, pleaded guilty to benefit fraud at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Monday last week (July 15).

She admitted three counts of failing to report a change in circumstances in relation to her claims for housing and council tax benefits between April 2010 and October 2012.

Magistrates heard how she had failed to tell South Oxfordshire District Council after her monthly earnings increased, when her entitlement to child tax credits went up and when she received working tax credit payments.

The overpayments came to an end after being spotted during checks by the housing benefit matching service.Mullins was sentenced to serve a 12-month community order, during which she will be required to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

She was also ordered to pay £340 costs.

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