Prosecution over benefit fraud

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BENEFIT fraud did not pay for a north Derbyshire woman who has been sentenced to community service after claiming £16,000 to which she was not entitled.

Bolsover Council and The Department for Work and Pensions successfully prosecuted Tammy Mills, aged 27. of Portland Avenue, Creswell.

She was accused of claiming benefits as a single person while failing to declare she was living with an employed partner - who was also the landlord on her claim.

Mills pleaded guilty at Worksop and Retford Magistrates Court to claiming Housing and Council Tax Benefit and Income Support totalling just below £16,000 between January 2009 and February 2011. 

She was sentenced under The Social Security Administration Act 1992 and received a community order.

Her punishment will involve carrying out 120 hours of unpaid work.

Mills must also pay a £100 fine and £75 costs and repay her ill-gotten gains.

After the sentencing, Bolsover Council’s cabinet member for corporate resources, Coun Duncan McGregor, told The Star the case should serve as a warning to others.

Coun McGregor said: “This is another high profile case that involves a huge amount of money.

“I am still amazed people think they can get away with this type of behaviour, especially when this money could help the elderly person down the road or the parent with a young family who are really in need.

“Let this serve as a strong warning to others who indulge in this behaviour that we will catch up with you and take action as appropriate.”

The council is appealing for members of the public to report suspected benefit fraud.

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