Three Bolsover women found guilty of benefit fraud

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THREE women who claimed a total of over £25,000 in benefits they were not entitled to have been successfully prosecuted by Bolsover District Council.

Natalia Moses (33), of Mary Street, Langwith, pleaded guilty to claiming over £17,000 in housing and council tax benefits and income support as a lone parent between April 2009 and November 2010, failing to declare she was living with a partner.

Moses was sentenced to a four week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and given a supervision order. She was also given an eight-week curfew and will have to pay back the overpaid benefits.

Tina Gregg (25), of Lancaster Street, Bramley Vale, pleaded guilty to failing to declare living with a partner whilst she received over £5,900 in housing and council tax benefits and income support as a lone parent between March and December 2011.

Gregg was given a one-year community order, including 80 hours unpaid work and attending an education programme. She was ordered to pay costs of £100 and has to repay the £5,900.

A third woman, Julie Ann West (30), a former resident of North Road, Clowne, failed to notify the council that she had moved house in January 2012 and continued claiming housing benefit worth £2,500 until June 2012.

She was fined £110 with a victim surcharge of £15 and ordered to pay costs of £100, in addition to having to repay the £2,500 she wrongly claimed.

The cases were all heard at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court.

Coun Duncan McGregor, Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, said: “It really does baffle me as to why people think they can

get away with taking money that is simply not theirs.

“These cases show that no matter how people try to avoid being made to account for their actions, we will still pursue and take appropriate action against anyone committing benefit fraud.”

Two of the three cases were as a result of joint investigations between Bolsover District Council and The Department for Work and Pensions.

If you know of anyone in Bolsover who you suspect is committing benefit fraud, then please contact the council, on 01246 242444 or email fraud@bolsover.gov.uk.