East Dorset woman in court over benefit claim

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Lisa Bennett, age 31, from Corfe Mullen was charged with two counts of making a representation known to be false under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.
Ms Bennett failed to inform the benefits services that she was working while claiming benefits and that her partner was living with her. Benefit claimants are legally obliged to inform the benefits section at their local authority of any change of circumstance which may affect their claim within 21 days of the change.

The offences were committed while she was residing at an address in Cutlers Place, Wimborne.

Ms Bennett pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced at Bournemouth Magistrates Court on 27 March to an 18 month conditional discharge.
Keith Mallett, Head of Legal and Democratic Services for the Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership, said: “This case goes to show that failing to tell the benefits services about changes of circumstances will not be tolerated. Anyone claiming benefit based on fraudulent information will be found out and prosecuted.”

April 12, 2013 |

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