Daventry woman illegally claimed £12,000 in benefits

A woman from Daventry has been sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work after fraudulently claiming over £12,000 in benefits.

Rachael Jeffs, from Rockingham Close, illegally claimed £12,525.33 in council tax, housing benefit, and income support, between June 2010 and March 2011 after failing to declare that she was now living with her partner.

At Northampton Magistrates Court on Friday, March 23, Jeffs pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a 12 month supervision order, 120 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £75 costs. She will also have to repay back the amount she claimed.

The fraud came to light as a result of a joint investigation by Daventry District Council and the Department for Works and Pensions.

Tony Gillet, resources manager at Daventry District Council, said: “This conviction reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that benefit cheats won’t be allowed to get away with stealing from the public purse.”

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.