SHIREBROOK: Benefit fraudster is jailed

Derby Crown Court.
Derby Crown Court.

A Shirebrook woman who falsely claimed £79,390 of unentitled benefits has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Derby Crown Court heard how Kawana Greig, 34, of Central Drive, Shirebrook, had pleaded not guilty to falsely claiming benefits but a jury found her guilty.

The matter was then brought back to Derby Crown Court on July 25 for sentencing and Greig was handed a 12 month prison sentence.

Greig’s case was jointly investigated by Bolsover District Council and The Department for Work and Pensions which discovered Greig had claimed income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit as a single parent between January 2006 and November 2011 whilst she had been living with a partner who was in employment.

She was sentenced for dishonestly failing to declare a change in circumstances, contrary to the Social Security Administration Act 1992. She also has to repay the amounts she has falsely claimed.

Bolsover District Council said the offence was one of the biggest benefit fraud cases it has uncovered.

A council spokesman added that Greig’s denial had been beyond belief.

Those with information about anyone suspected of benefit fraud can contact Bolsover District Council on (01246) 242444 or the DWP on 0845 6088521.