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Helston woman avoids jail over £19,544 benefit fraud
6:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A woman from Helston has received a 2 month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, in respect of a housing benefit fraud totalling £19,544.60. She was also ordered to pay a Victim Surcharge of £80.
Christine Frances (66) of Crowntown, Helston pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court on Friday 27 September 2013 to one count of benefit fraud of failing to promptly report to Cornwall Council that she no longer had a rental liability.
The overpaid benefits are being recovered from Mrs Frances by Cornwall Council separately from this Court action.
Cornwall Council operates a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to fraud and corruption. If you suspect fraud is occurring we would be happy to talk to you on our confidential fraud hotline. Call us on freephone 0800 7316125.
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