Camborne woman's £5,644 benefit fraud

Falmouth Packet: Camborne woman's £5,644 benefit fraud Camborne woman's £5,644 benefit fraud

A woman from Camborne has admitted housing benefit and council tax benefit fraud totalling £5,644.64.

Sarah Small (41) of Redbrooke Road, Camborne pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court on Friday July 12 to four counts of benefit fraud, two of failing to promptly report to Cornwall Council that her earnings had increased and two counts of failing to promptly report to Cornwall Council that an award of tax credits had increased.

Magistrates sentenced Mrs Small to a twelve month community order of 60 hours unpaid work and a victim surcharge of £60.

Mrs Small was also ordered to pay £125 towards the Council’s investigation and legal costs.

The overpaid benefits are being recovered from Mrs Small by Cornwall Council separately from this Court action.

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

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8:11am Fri 19 Jul 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Perhaps Cornwall Council could redirect all this money they reclaim from benefit fraudsters into the rebuild for Helston Community College. After all, it is a source of income they would not have if these people were not caught.
Perhaps Cornwall Council could redirect all this money they reclaim from benefit fraudsters into the rebuild for Helston Community College. After all, it is a source of income they would not have if these people were not caught. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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12:28pm Fri 19 Jul 13

meerkats says...

4 cases of benefit fraud in one week ,good that people are being caught but at what expense to the CC for court cases etc and retrieving the money ? Wish people would stop and think what they are doing ,with so many people being caught that should be a deterrent in itself.
4 cases of benefit fraud in one week ,good that people are being caught but at what expense to the CC for court cases etc and retrieving the money ? Wish people would stop and think what they are doing ,with so many people being caught that should be a deterrent in itself. meerkats
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