Woman caught claiming £12k in benefit fraud

A woman from Daventry who fraudulently claimed more than £12,000 in benefits 
payments has received a 
suspended prison sentence.

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.

“I hope that it serves as a reminder to people who are claiming benefits to inform us about any change of circumstances to ensure that they are receiving the correct amount in the eyes of the law.”

If anyone suspects someone may be committing benefit fraud they can call DDC’s fraud hotline anonymously on 01327 302385.

Anyone who would like to discuss their entitlement to benefits can contact DDC on 01327 871100.