Flackwell Heath resident failed to declare employment

Benefit fraudster sentenced after obtaining nearly £12,000

Benefit fraudster sentenced after obtaining nearly £12,000

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A BENEFIT fraudster from Flackwell Heath has been sentenced to ten weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, after obtaining nearly £12,000 from Wycombe District Council.

Stella Davis, 57, had been claiming housing benefit on the grounds that she is disabled and was unemployed.

However, an investigation by the council's fraud team revealed that she had on four occasions been in employment and had failed to declare it, they had said.

After pleading guilty to four counts of fraudulently obtaining £11,997 in housing benefit, Davis was sentenced to ten weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months on Wednesday, August 6.

In addition to her sentence, she also received a three month curfew order which prohibits her from leaving the house between 5pm and 5am and she was ordered to pay £1,500 in costs plus an £80 victim surcharge.

She is also repaying fraudulently obtained benefits in addition to the costs and surcharge, a WDC spokesman said.

WDC cabinet member for finance, Mel Foster, said: “The vast majority of benefit claimants are genuine and it's only a minority who try to cheat the system.

“While claimants may not have set out to cheat the system, the reality is that if they don't tell us that their circumstances have changed, they could end up in hot water and held publicly accountable for their actions.”

Suspected benefit fraud can be reported by email to fraud.investigations@wycombe.gcsx.gov.uk or by freephone on 0800 015 8995.

All emails and calls are treated in confidence.

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7:27pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Gyno says...

Actually, as a retired tax payer who has never been out of work and always paid my way it's looking increasingly attractive to spend a few weeks holiday at Her Majesty 's Pleasure. I presume I would get three square meals a day with no washing up, free colour TV and also many other free benefits. Have I missed something in my education when growing up?
Actually, as a retired tax payer who has never been out of work and always paid my way it's looking increasingly attractive to spend a few weeks holiday at Her Majesty 's Pleasure. I presume I would get three square meals a day with no washing up, free colour TV and also many other free benefits. Have I missed something in my education when growing up? Gyno
  • Score: 12

10:03pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Lividov says...

What was the curfew for?
What was the curfew for? Lividov
  • Score: 9

8:16am Thu 21 Aug 14

andy40 says...

Lividov wrote:
What was the curfew for?
To stop her getting a job to pay off the debt?
[quote][p][bold]Lividov[/bold] wrote: What was the curfew for?[/p][/quote]To stop her getting a job to pay off the debt? andy40
  • Score: 6
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