Two found guilty of benefit fraud

Lambeth Council has chalked up another two successful prosecutions for benefit fraud. Both cases involved undeclared employment.

Janet Griffin, 46, of Durand Gardens Stockwell, was convicted at Camberwell Magistrates Court on 15 June 2010, of failing to declare her employment with Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust.

Ms Griffin had claimed benefits on the basis of her part-time job with Merton Council but had failed to declare her other job with the Primary Care Trust. She claimed under interview that both jobs were actually one and the same and that she only had one job.

It was pointed out by the Investigation Officer that she had actually received separate payslips for each job and that she had only declared payslips form one source. She had also failed to declare the bank account into which the wages from the undeclared employment were paid.

She pleaded not guilty, but was convicted of failing to declare the job with Sutton and Merton PCT and obtaining in excess of £8,000 in benefits to which she was not entitled. She was ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work in the community and to pay £250 towards court costs.

Dorrette Saa, 51, of St Louis Court, West Norwood, pleaded guilty at Camberwell Magistrates Court on 11th June of failing to declare employment with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Ms Saa had claimed Income Support and Housing and Council Tax Benefits claiming to be unemployed. She began work on 17/12/2007 but failed to declare this to either The Department for Work and Pensions or Lambeth Council.

She was overpaid benefits for the period December 2007 to June 2009 in excess of £11,000.

On conviction she was sentenced to a 12 week curfew order. She will have to wear an electronic tag and is to stay at home between 8.30pm and 6.00am for the duration of the curfew order.

“Benefit fraud is not a victimless crime and deprives those who really need support from us from getting it”, said Mike Suarez, Lambeth Council executive director for finance and resources.

“This is a reminder to those who are claiming benefit they are not entitled to that we will pursue you and when we catch you, we will prosecute.”



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