30 January 2018
Council uncovers four-year Council Tax fraud
An investigation into council tax discounts has led to the discovery and prosecution of a long-running case of fraud which defrauded the public purse of £1,172.
A forty four year old man incorrectly claimed a single person discount on his council tax payments for four years. An investigation was conducted by Veritau, the council’s fraud investigation service, which found that another two adults were living at the property and that the Single Person Discount claim was fraudulent.
During the investigation the man was interviewed under caution and admitted that he had had a couple of adults living with him at his property since 2013. He said that he had made a false statement during a Single Person Discount review, and had failed to declare changes to his household to the council. He had received a discount of £1,172.08 against his council tax bill to which he was not entitled.
He pleaded guilty to all charges at York Magistrates Court on 30 January 2018 and was sentenced to pay a fine of £430.00. Besides repayment arrangements, he was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £45.00 and court costs of £450.00.