Fraud woman fined
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.
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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.
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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.