Suspended sentence for Daventry benefits cheat

A woman from Daventry has received a suspended prison sentence after admitting to fraudulently claiming over £12,000 in benefits.

Lillian Payne, of Hawke Road, illegally claimed £12,500 in Income Support, Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit between February 2009 and October 2011.

At Northampton Magistrates Court on Tuesday, June 11, the 61-year-old was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months, having previously admitted the offences.

The case was brought following an investigation by Daventry District Council and the Department for Works and Pensions.

Leader of DDC cllr Chris Millar said: “This is another case that highlights our determination to ensure that benefit cheats won’t be allowed to get away with it in our district.”

If anyone suspects someone may be committing benefit fraud they can call DDC’s 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.