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Benefit Fraudster Prosecuted

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted a local woman for failing to declare changes in her circumstances in order to obtain benefits.

Elaine Cooper, aged 40 years, of Windmill Road, North Leigh, pleaded guilty at Bicester Magistrates Court on 23 August 2006 for fraudulently obtaining Housing/Council Tax benefit totalling £3,179.30. She has been given a six month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £150.00 costs.

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

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 : 23/08/2006 16:08:50

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