Helston woman guilty of £5,497 benefit fraud

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A woman from Helston has been given a 12 month conditional discharge by Truro Magistrates after being found guilty of housing benefit fraud totalling £5,497.45.

Katey Jane (43) of Ruan Minor, Helston initially pleaded not guilty to two counts of benefit fraud at Truro Magistrates Court on Friday 26 April.

The charges included failing to promptly report to Cornwall Council that she was in receipt of increased earnings and increased awards of Tax Credits.

The case was then adjourned for a trial to take place at Truro Magistrates Court on Wednesday 12 June.

After hearing the facts of the case and evidence from witnesses, the Bench found Miss Jane guilty of both offences of failing to promptly notify Cornwall Council of increases in earnings and increases in tax credits and sentenced her to a 12 month conditional discharge. She was also ordered to pay £500 towards the Council’s investigation and legal costs.

The overpaid benefits are being recovered from Miss Jane by Cornwall Council separately from this Court action.

Cornwall Council operates a confidential fraud hotline on freephone 0800 7316125.

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12:20pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Another one!!!!!!!!
Another one!!!!!!!! Gillian Zella Martin 09
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1:37pm Fri 14 Jun 13

meerkats says...

Here we go yet again ! Another one caught ,how many more .I ,think there should be a better deterrent, its the only way to stop these fraudulent claims and save CC a lot of money too. She is not a Helston woman if she lives at Ruan Minor.
Here we go yet again ! Another one caught ,how many more .I ,think there should be a better deterrent, its the only way to stop these fraudulent claims and save CC a lot of money too. She is not a Helston woman if she lives at Ruan Minor. meerkats
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10:05am Sun 16 Jun 13

Tyrone Shulace says...

Perhaps they should offer small rewards to those who report an offence if it results in a conviction.
Perhaps they should offer small rewards to those who report an offence if it results in a conviction. Tyrone Shulace
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