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Benefit fraud prosecution

2 July 2014

Allerdale Borough Council has prosecuted a Woman from Workington for claiming nearly £6155 in Housing & Council Tax Benefit to which she was not entitled.

On 12 June 2014, West Cumbria Magistrates heard how Teresa Humes, of 92 Moorclose Road, Salterbeck, Workington had claimed housing & council tax benefits since at least 2004.

In March 2013 a review was carried out by the Benefit Investigation Unit  which looked at cases where no changes in earnings had been received for a period of thirteen months or more. It was established that Mrs Humes had not given any details of her earnings since June 2010. Further correspondence with Mrs Humes’ employer revealed that there were many weeks when Mrs Humes received earnings which were much higher than those she declared in 2010. Mrs Humes also did not declare a change in employer.

As a result of failing to declare her true income, Teresa Humes was overpaid Housing Benefit amounting to £4,904.71 and Council Tax Benefit of £1,169.92 over a period between June 2010 and March 2013. She also received a discount on her Council Tax bill of £79.64 for the period April 2013 and February 2014.

At court, Mrs Humes pleaded guilty to all three offences which resulted in her obtaining Housing & Council Tax Benefit to which she was not entitled. Mrs Humes was sentenced to a community order of 80 hours unpaid work. She must also pay a victim surcharge of £60 and a contribution to the Council’s costs in the sum 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

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