Benefit fraud woman fined

A WOMAN has been fined for benefit fraud after failing to tell North Herts District Council that her circumstances had changed and was therefore no longer entitled to Jobseekers Allowance. She pleaded guilty when appearing at Stevenage Magistrates Cour

A WOMAN has been fined for benefit fraud after failing to tell North Herts District Council that her circumstances had changed and was therefore no longer entitled to Jobseekers Allowance.

She pleaded guilty when appearing at Stevenage Magistrates' Court this week.

Michaela Salisbury, previously of Redhill Road, Hitchin and now living in Upperstone Close, Stotfold, claimed �2,075.05 in housing and council tax benefits she was not entitled to. In addition to being ordered to repay this money, she was fined �150 and ordered to pay full legal costs of �766.25 plus a �15 victim surcharge.

Cllr Terry Hone, NHDC's portfolio holder for finance, said: "The message is clear for all benefit fraudsters - North Herts District Council will not tolerate these actions and you will be prosecuted.


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"Don't be tempted to keep quiet if your circumstances change. It simply isn't worth it.

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