12 March 2018
Richmondshire District Council tackles case of benefit fraud
An investigation carried out by the Richmondshire District Council has uncovered and successfully prosecuted a serious case of fraud in the town, which deprived the public purse of just over £3,500.
A woman of Honeypot Road, Brompton-On-Swale, claimed Council Tax Reduction for a number of years. An investigation into her claim was conducted by Veritau, the council’s fraud investigation service, following information that her and her husband held capital that was not disclosed and that her claim was fraudulent.
During the course of the investigation the woman was interviewed under caution and admitted that both her and her husband had received inheritance pay outs and that she hadn’t declared this to the council at the time the money was paid to them.
The investigation concluded with her pleading guilty to all charges at Northallerton Magistrates Court on the 12th March 2018.
As a result of her fraudulent activity she was awarded £3, 507.36 in Council Tax Reduction which she was not entitled to.
She was sentenced to a 12 month community order with a requirement to complete 60 hours of unpaid work.
Besides repayment arrangements, she was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85 and court costs of £463.40.