A woman who falsely claimed more than £14,000 in single parent benefits has been prosecuted by Tamworth Borough Council and The Department for Work and Pensions.
Michelle Lutwyche, 38, of Ealingham, Stonydelph, failed to declare that she was living with her partner and had been claiming as a single parent.
The total overpayment was £14,868.72, made up of £691.90 Income Support, £723.21 Jobseekers Allowance, £12,299.12 Housing Benefit and £1,154.49 Council Tax Benefit.
Mrs Lutwyche appeared at Burton Magistrates Court on Monday September 24 where she pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to a 12-month community order with the following conditions: a 12 month supervision order, 120 hours unpaid work, ordered to complete the Benefit Fraud Structured Intervention Workbook and told to pay £85 costs.
She was also ordered to pay back the £14,868.72 which was fraudulently obtained.
Benefit fraud is committed when a person deliberately provides false information, deliberately withholds information or allows someone else to provide false information to obtain Benefits they are not entitled to. It is important that residents keep their details up to date and let the Benefits Team know if there have been any changes in circumstances.
If you are not sure if you need to change your details please contact a member the Benefits Team on 709540. To report someone you believe may be committing Benefit Fraud, you can also contact The National Benefit Fraud Hotline in confidence on 0800 328 6340.