Council warns benefit cheats

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BENEFIT cheats beware!

A local council has warned fraudsters they are out to get them after one cheat was ordered to pay back £18,000 she dishonestly claimed in housing, council tax and income support payments.

Tracey Hayward, aged 48, of Church Drive, Shirebrook, was caught out following a joint investigation by Bolsover District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

She failed to declare that she had moved in with a partner and continued to claim benefits as a single parent at her privately rented former address.

Hayward, who was prosecuted at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates’ Court, has to pay back the benefits she had not been entitled to and she was also given a 12-month Community Order which will see her carrying out 160 hours of unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay costs of £100.

Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for corporate efficiencies Coun Duncan McGregor said: “She had every opportunity to give us the right information and stop claiming, but people think they can get away with it.

“Well we are telling you that you won’t and we will have no hesitation in taking the strongest course of action.”

n To report benefit fraudsters in Bolsover call 01246 242444 or email fraud@bolsover.gov.uk.

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