Friday, 15 December 2017

Benefits fraudster

A WOMAN from Watlington has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work after admitting benefit fraud.

A WOMAN from Watlington has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work after admitting benefit fraud.

Barbara Hide, 57, of Chiltern Gardens, admitted two charges of dishonestly making a false representation in relation to her claims for housing and council tax benefit at Oxford Magistrates Court.

The court heard how between March 2007 and October 2012 Hide deliberately failed to declare that her daughter’s partner was also living at her home. She received more than £9,500 in overpayments.

Hide, who was caught following checks made by the housing benefit data matching service, was also ordered to pay £150 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge, and must pay back all money that she wrongly claimed.

David Dodds, cabinet member for finance at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “This case is yet another reminder that when someone applies for benefits they must disclose all relevant information. Not doing so could result in a criminal record and heavy punishment.”

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