BOLSOVER: Woman admits wrongly claiming over £88,000 in benefits

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A Bolsover woman who claimed £88,088.80 in benefits she was not entitled to over a nine-year period has pleaded guilty at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court, on August 6.

The joint benefits investigation by Bolsover District Council and The Department for Work and Pensions, saw Andrea Smith, 40, of New Bolsover, Bolsover, plead guilty to claiming benefits as a lone parent for many years when in fact her

husband, who has been in full time employment, had been living with her at her address.

Smith had falsely claimed the Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit and failed to declare her true circumstances between September 2003 and October 2012 contrary to Section 111(1A) of The Social Security Administration Act 1992.

Smith is due to appear at Derby Crown Court on August 27 for sentencing.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services Cllr Rose Bowler said: “This is the largest ever joint case that we have investigated. To illegally claim benefits you are not entitled to over a nine-year period is staggering.

“This shows that we will eventually catch up with these people and take the most appropriate and severest action possible.”

Those who suspect anyone of committing benefit fraud can contact the council with details on (01246) 242444 or email fraud@bolsover.gov.uk. They can also report a possible fraud to the DWP hotline number 0845 6088521.