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.

Cllr David Carr, leader of City of York Council, said, “This is another good result in the fight on fraud against the public purse with what has been a protracted fraud. It shows that ultimately dishonesty does not pay. Anyone with any information on fraudulent activity should 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.. Anyone unsure if they are paying the correct tariff should call the council on 01904 550551 or visit www.york.gov.uk/counciltax.”

 

 

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