Lambeth council successfully prosecutes woman who hid second job when applying for benefits

A woman who failed to declare her second job when applying for benefits has been given community service and ordered to pay Lambeth council’s legal costs.

Yvette Maxwell, 38, formerly of Burton Road, Stockwell was convicted at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court and sentenced on June 7

She was found to have made false declarations when originally claiming housing and council tax benefits in 2010 and was overpaid more than £8,000.

She was caught after Lambeth council’s Benefit Investigations Team received information in April 2011 from the National Fraud Initiative (NFI).

The NFI, run by the Audit Commission, matches electronic data within and between public and private sector bodies to prevent and detect fraud.

Maxwell started claiming the benefits in May 2010, declaring low earnings from employment with a health care provider. But she failed to declare her second job in the same industry.

She also failed to declare the bank account where the salary from her second job was being paid.

Maxwell pleaded guilty to five false representation and fraud charges and was sentenced to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £705.75.

Cllr Paul McGlone, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “People who claim benefits they are not entitled to are stealing from the public purse and we will pursue those who do so relentlessly through the courts.

“Our anti-fraud team is saving council tax payers hundreds of the thousands of pounds a year by rooting out and cracking down on the cheats, vital funds that can instead be used to protect key services.”

If you have any information about someone you suspect to be committing benefit fraud you can call Lambeth Council’s anti-fraud hotline on 020 7926 1111.




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