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Batchley woman sentenced over benefits fraud
11:30am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A BATCHLEY woman has been sentenced to 80 hours of unpaid work, after she falsely claimed housing and council tax benefits worth almost £5,000.
At Redditch Magistrates Court, Edyta Siwak of Salters Lane, pleaded guilty to making the false claims, which totalled £4,604.60, between April 2012 and April 2013.
The court heard how the 35-year-old initially claimed benefits correctly from Redditch Borough Council, but when her partner’s earnings increased, and she started work through an employment agency, she failed to report the change in their circumstances.
She was sentenced on September 17, to a 12 month community order, which included the unpaid work, and was ordered to pay a £60 surcharge as well as court costs of £85.
The court also heard how she had already begun to repay the money to Redditch Borough Council.
Anybody wishing to report their suspicions of benefit fraud should contact the Investigations Team on 01527 534011or at email@example.com.
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