>
news
Fraud and prosecutions

Fraudster kept her new address quiet and pocketed thousands as a result

A fraudster who kept her new address quiet and got over £2,300 to which she was not entitled as a result has been found guilty at Tower Bridge Magistrates Court.

Chantelle Francis-Dickens, 27, of Holland Road, South Norwood was convicted of failing to declare a change of address. She had been claiming assistance with rent for a Lambeth property but had failed to declare that she had actually moved to Croydon. This meant that she received more than £2,300 for her rent on the Lambeth property which she had vacated and for which she was paying nothing.

The case came to light as the result of a data matching exercise carried out by the Department for Work and Pensions.

She attended court on 1 December and was found guilty of failing to declare that she had changed address. She was granted a conditional discharge for 18 months and ordered to pay £75.00 towards costs. She is now legally required to repay the housing benefit overpayment. Failure to do so will result in the instigation of legal proceedings by the council.

Advertisements

Discussion

Comments are closed.

Archives

Join 190 other followers

%d bloggers like this: