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Stonydelph woman ordered to pay back £14,000 fraudulent benefits

By SonyaBritton  |  Posted: September 25, 2012

Tamworth Borough Council

Tamworth Borough Council

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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.

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  • scotslass1944  |  September 28 2012, 8:29AM

    It's happening all the time and more so since this Government came into power. They are robbing us blind but they are not suffering. We the public are, and do they care. NO. I don't condone Benefit fraud BUT them at the top, bankers etc have got away with it for years as have certain MPs. Nothing happens to them and I wonder why ??. It will get worse before it get's better and it's only the tip of the iceberg.

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  • becca  |  September 26 2012, 3:30PM

    @Abominate And QE is more or less what the Nazis tried to do to Britain during WW2, flood the country with bogus cash ... It wouldn't have been good then, and it isn't good now, well unless you're already rich, then QE adds to you wealth, while 'The Plebs Who should Know Their Place' become poorer because of QE.

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  • Abominate  |  September 26 2012, 2:52PM

    "Quantitative Easing"? Isn't that just a buzz word for printing money? And what have the economists been telling us for 50 + years about printing money; INFLATIONARY!

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  • becca  |  September 26 2012, 10:47AM

    @Abominate Banks, bankers and politicians are immune from poverty and above the law. Not only did the bank of England encourage the LIBOR rate fixing, which helped the rich get richer, but QE (Quantitative Easing) has put £96,000 into the pockets of 1.25 million of Britain's wealthiest people, but at the same time taken £250 each from Britain's poorest 2%. I don't condone benefit cheats, but if we're 'all in this together', when is equality within the law going to start.

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  • Abominate  |  September 25 2012, 2:19PM

    It will be nice when we start to hear "London banker ordered to pay back £14,000,000 fraudulent tax claim"

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