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Benefit fraud prosecution.

Allerdale Borough Council has prosecuted a woman from Maryport for claiming £2,425.24 in Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit to which she was not entitled.

On 12 September 2013, West Allerdale Magistrates heard how Natalie Marie Little of Wood Street, Maryport had claimed Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit in April 2012.

In February 2013 a review by the Fraud Team uncovered an undeclared award of Working Tax Credit from 1st June 2012.  Miss Little admitted she had failed to declare the receipt of Working Tax Credit even though she knew that her benefit entitlement was affected by changes in income. 

As a result of failing to notify Allerdale Borough Council of the true amount of her income Miss Little was overpaid Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from 4th June 2012 to 25th March 2013 amounting to £2,425.24

At West Allerdale Magistrates Court, Miss Little pleaded guilty to both offences of failing to notify of a change in circumstances, which resulted in her obtaining Housing and Council Tax Benefit to which she was not entitled. Miss Little was given credit for an early guilty plea and fined £130. She was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. 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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