Suspended sentence for £44,000 fraudster

By on 09/03/2011 in News

An eight-month suspended prison sentence has been given to a benefit cheat from Sutton Coldfield who illegally claimed more than £44,000 in benefits.

Lynda Clark, aged 45, of Colmore Drive was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court today (March 9) following a joint investigation by Birmingham City Council and Job Centre Plus.

Her deception, costing the taxpayer £44,105 in Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Income Support was discovered after it became apparent she had presented herself as needy tenant who was unemployed, while disguising the fact that she was living with her partner,  who was in full-time employment.

Clark pleaded guilty to three offences under the Social Security Administration Act.

She was sentenced to a term of eight months' imprisonment on each count concurrent, suspended for two years with a two-year supervision requirement.

Since April 2010 the council has taken legal action against 701 fraudsters.

If anyone suspects a person of committing benefit fraud, they should call the City Council Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0121 303 9990.

All calls are confidential and callers can remain anonymous if they wish.

Benefit fraud can also be reported online. To find out more information visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/bhamaudit

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