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Benefit cheats plead guilty

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted two people for making false representations in order to obtain benefits.

Charles Holifield, aged 54 years, formerly of Bourton Close, Witney, pleaded guilty at Banbury Magistrates Court on 21 July 2006 for fraudulently obtaining Housing and Council Tax benefit totalling £7,236.06. He was sentenced and given a £300.00 fine and ordered to pay £75.00 costs.

The Council will be seeking to recover the full amount of benefit which has been fraudulently obtained.

At Bicester Magistrates Court on 26 July 2006, Barbara Butler, aged 58 years, of Sycamore Drive, Carterton, pleaded guilty to three charges for fraudulently obtaining Housing/Council Tax benefit and Income Support totalling £43,795.01. Sentencing has been adjourned until 4 September at Oxford Crown Court.

Jon Dearing, Head of Revenues at West Oxfordshire District Council said, "Benefit Fraud is a crime against every resident of West Oxfordshire. If you know someone who is committing
benefit fraud please contact the Benefit Fraud HOTLINE on 01993 861234 or contact can be
made through the council website: www.westoxon.gov.uk. We treat all calls and correspondence in confidence."

Posted : 09/08/2006 13:16:46

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