Fraud woman fined

PUBLISHED: 11:30 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:43 06 May 2010

A WOMAN has been prosecuted for benefit fraud. Investigations carried out by Stevenage Borough Council s anti-fraud staff revealed that Shelley Bone, of Kimbolton Crescent, Stevenage, did not tell the council of a change of circumstances affecting her hou

A WOMAN has been prosecuted for benefit fraud.

Investigations carried out by Stevenage Borough Council's anti-fraud staff revealed that Shelley Bone, of Kimbolton Crescent, Stevenage, did not tell the council of a change of circumstances affecting her housing benefit and council tax benefit entitlement.

As a result Bone was paid £2,233.92 that she was not entitled to.

Bone pleaded guilty at Stevenage Magistrates' Court to charges under the Social Security Administration Act 1992 and was sentenced last Wednesday.

The court took into consideration that she was 18 years old when the offence was committed and also her early guilty plea.

Bone was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay the money back plus £200 in legal costs.

Scott Crudgington, the council's assistant chief executive for finance, said: "Claiming council tax and housing benefits you are not entitled to is a serious offence and these prosecutions are a clear message to residents that we will not tolerate fraudulent activity.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Comet. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the The Comet