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Benefit fraudster prosecuted

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

Justin Stratford, aged 35, of Windrush Close, Witney, pleaded not guilty at Witney Magistrates Court on 29th September 2006. The Magistrates heard the case, but found Stratford guilty for fraudulently obtaining Housing/Council Tax benefit totalling 1,364.11. He will be sentenced later this month following probationary reports.

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 : 05/10/2006 10:32:59

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