Birmingham City Council targets benefit fraudsters

By on 29/01/2010 in News

Susan Williams (55) of Deelands Road, Rubery Green was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday 29th January 2010. Williams made false housing benefit claims, costing the tax payer £12,977.

Williams claimed housing and council tax benefit but failed to declare the full extent of her savings to the City Council. If she had declared the true facts when she first claimed there would have been no entitlement to housing and council tax benefit.

Prior to sentencing Williams had repaid the debt to Birmingham City Council in full.

She pleaded guilty in Court to two offences under the Social Security Administration Act, and received a six month supervision order and was told to pay £1062 in costs to Birmingham City Council

Jim Wilkinson, Assistant Director for Audit and Risk Management said: “This is a stark warning to those that commit benefit fraud. Birmingham City Council has already taken successful legal action against 517 fraudsters since April this year. We continue to update our systems and in particular we work in partnership with other agencies to root out fraud”.

If you suspect anyone of committing benefit fraud, please call the City Council Benefit Fraud Hotline: 0121 303 9990.  All calls are confidential; callers can remain anonymous if they wish.  You can also report a benefit thief online, and find out more information at: www.birmingham.gov.uk/bhamaudit

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