28th November 2017

Ryedale District Council uncovers £6,000 fraud

An investigation carried out by Ryedale District Council has uncovered and successfully prosecuted a serious case of fraud in the town, which deprived the public purse of almost £6,000.

A female of Firthland Road, Pickering, claimed Council Tax Support and a Single Person’s Discount as a single person for many years. An investigation into her claims was conducted by Veritau, the council’s fraud investigation service, following information that she had an undeclared partner living with her and that her claim was fraudulent.

During the course of the investigation the woman was interviewed under caution and admitted that her partner had lived with her since 2011 and that she hadn’t declared this to the council.

The investigation concluded with her pleading guilty to all charges at Scarborough Magistrates Court on 28th November 2017.

As a result of her fraudulent activity she was awarded £4,514.37 in Council Tax Reduction. She also received a discount of £1,265.40 against her council tax bills that she was not entitled to.

She was sentenced to a 12 month community order with a requirement to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £150 towards the council’s legal costs.

Ryedale District Councillor John Clark, Chair of Overview & Scrutiny committee said: “the woman defrauded the council of almost £6000. This is money that could have been spent on local services which benefit the whole community. This prosecution shows that dishonesty does not pay. We encourage anyone with any information on fraudulent activity to phone the fraud hotline on 0800 9179 247 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”



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