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.



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