Two more benefits cheats prosecuted

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Two women have been prosecuted for benefit fraud totalling more than £26,000.

Joanna Hill and Teresa Young were convicted in separate court cases of failing to notify authorities of a change in circumstances that they knew would affect their entitlement to benefits.

Hill, 48, of Rosebery Road, Aston Clinton, failed to declare £70,000 in savings when she made her benefit claims, above the threshold of £16,000, which legally barred her from claiming benefits. Over a five-year period she received illegal overpayments of £22,000.

Aylesbury Magistrates Court ordered her to repay the total of £21,981 she had falsely claimed and sentenced her to 140 hours unpaid work and £1,200 towards costs.

In a separate hearing, Young, 50, of Blackwater Drive, Aylesbury, was handed a 26 week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months after she failed to declare on her claim form that she was receiving a pension.

As a result of this, she was overpaid housing benefit totalling £2,024, council tax benefit amounting to £714 and employment support allowance of £1,459.

District council leader Neil Blake said: “We continue to work with partner agencies to identify fraudulent claims, stop the money and bring the offenders to justice.

“There are a lot of hard working people in the district who will be angered by the behaviour of these women as they helped themselves to taxpayers’ money out of greed at a time when many families are feeling the pinch.”