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Benefit fraud prosecution

24 June 2013

Allerdale Borough Council has prosecuted a Woman from Cockermouth for claiming nearly £1,104.18 in Council Tax Benefit to which she was not entitled.

On 20 June 2013, West Allerdale Magistrates heard how Patricia Hayton of 5 Moorland Place, Brigham Road, Cockermouth had claimed council tax benefits since at least 2006.

In February 2013 a review by the Fraud Team which looked at cases where no changes in earnings had been received for a period of thirteen months or more showed Ms Hayton has not given any details of her earnings since June 2010. Further correspondence with Ms Haytons employer revealed that there were many weeks when Ms Hayton received earnings which were much higher than those she declared in 2010.

As a result of failing to declare her true income, Patricia Hayton was overpaid Council Tax Benefit amounting to £1,104.18 over a period between June 2010 and March 2013.

At court, Ms Hayton pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to notify of a change in earnings, which resulted in her obtaining Council Tax Benefit to which she was not entitled. Ms Hayton was fined £200 which was reduced because of early plea and co-operation throughout her interview etc to £135 she was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £25. The overpaid benefit is being recovered.

Members of the public who suspect benefit fraud is being committed can call Allerdale Borough Council’s 24-hour Benefit Fraud Hotline in confidence on 0800 169 5119 or complete, anonymously, an online form at www.allerdale.gov.uk/benefitfraud

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