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Benefit Fraud Prosecution

23 September 2014

Allerdale Borough Council has prosecuted a woman from Workington for claiming more than £5000 in housing benefit that she was not entitled to.

On 18 September 2014, West Cumbria Magistrates heard how Kayleigh Ann Telford, aged 24, of 104 Westfield Drive, Workington had claimed housing benefit since November 2011.

In October 2013 information was received showing Miss Telford was in receipt of student finance in the form of a bursary, student loan and grant which she failed to report to the Council.

Miss Telford also failed to notify to the Council an annual increase in her hourly rate of pay, additional income received as holiday pay and for working extra hours.

As a result of failing to declare her true household income, Kayleigh Telford was overpaid Housing Benefit amounting to £5,094.62 over a period between January 2012 and December 2013.

At court, Miss Telford pleaded guilty to the housing benefit offence.  Miss Telford was ordered to pay a financial penalty of £100 together with a victim surcharge of £20 and a contribution to the Council’s costs of £100. 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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