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Benefit fraudsters prosecuted

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted two people for failing to declare changes in their circumstances in order to obtain benefits.

Sarah Black, aged 21 years, of Windrush Valley Road, Witney, pleaded guilty at Bicester Magistrates Court on 9 August 2006 for fraudulently obtaining Housing/Council Tax benefit and Income Support totalling £3,403.52. She was given a 21 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £75.00 costs.

Also on 9 August 2006, Kevin Wood, aged 43 years, of Eastfield Road, Witney, pleaded guilty for fraudulently obtaining Housing / Council Tax benefit and Income Support totalling £4,191.00. He was given a 24 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £75.00 costs.

The council will be seeking to recover the full amount of benefit which has been fraudulently obtained in both cases.

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 : 14/08/2006 18:15:48

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