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Benefits cheat dishonestly claimed more than £28,000

View, Magistrates Court sign, in Aylesbury

View, Magistrates Court sign, in Aylesbury

 

A benefits cheat who stole more than £28,000 from taxpayers has appeared in court.

Rebecca Miller, of Chapman Close, Aylesbury admitted three benefit fraud offences, resulting in an overpayment of £28,712.

The court heard that the 24-year-old dishonestly claimed £13,157 in housing benefit, £2,604 in council tax and £12,951 in income support by not declaring she was living with her partner, Joshua Goodwin, who was in employment.

Miller was sentenced to a 12 month community order and will have to pay back all the stolen benefits.

The case followed a joint investigation by benefit fraud investigators from Aylesbury Vale District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Councillor Neil Blake, leader of the council, said: “We consider benefit fraud to be a serious matter.

“People have a duty to notify us and report any change in circumstances when it comes to matters that might affect benefit payments, just as we have a duty to protect public funds.”

If you are claiming housing or council tax benefits and are unsure as to whether or not you are still entitled to receive them, contact AVDC on 01296 585618 for advice.

To confidentially report a case of benefit fraud to AVDC, please call 01296 585570 or email benefitfraud@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

 

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