Daventry woman sentenced for £40,000 fraud

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A WOMAN from Daventry has received a suspended prison sentence after fraudulently claiming nearly £40,000 in benefits over four years.

Charlotte Howells, from Grenville Close in Daventry, fraudulently claimed £39,188.73 in council, and housing benefit, and income support, between July 2005 and May 2010.

An investigation by Daventry District Council and the Department for Works and Pensions was launched following a routine check of the registrar’s public notice board, which revealed that the 29-year-old had applied for a licence to marry. Howells’s benefits claim was paid on the basis that she was a single parent of two children living on income support.

On Friday, June 3 at Northampton Crown Court, she was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, having previously pleaded guilty to two offences at Northampton Magistrates Court.

Howells was also handed an 18-month supervision order and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work in the community. She will also have to repay back the amount she fraudulently claimed.