Daventry mother jailed for £18,000 benefit fraud

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A MOTHER from Daventry has been sentenced to eight weeks in prison after admitting that she fraudulently claimed over £18,000 in benefits.

Kerry Hanna, 35, of The Roundway in Daventry, fraudulently claimed £18,433.13 in Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, and Income Support between December 2008 and September 2011.

The fraud came to light following an investigation by Daventry District Council and the Department for Works and Pensions, which revealed that Hanna had failed to declare that she was living with her partner David Barrett and was claiming as a single parent.

After pleading guilty to the offences, Hanna was sentenced to 8 weeks in prison on August 24 at Northampton Magistrates Court and will also have to repay all of the money she stole.

Councillor Ken Melling, Portfolio Holder for Resources at Daventry District Council, said: “This case serves as a reminder that we will not allow people who dishonestly claim benefits to get away with it, and reiterates our determination to bring anyone who is cheating the public purse to justice.”

If anyone suspects someone may be committing benefit fraud they can call Daventry District Council’s dedicated fraud hotline anonymously on 01327 302385. All calls will be treated in confidence.

Anyone who would like to discuss their possible entitlement to benefits can contact Daventry District Council on 01327 871100.