Sally Metcalfe of Beverley Prosecuted for Benefit Fraud

A Beverley resident has been handed a conditional discharge after admitting benefit fraud.

Sally Metcalfe, of Norwood Grove, Beverley, had failed to declare that she had been in receipt of a student loan and grant.  Mrs Metcalfe continued to receive benefits and fraudulently claimed £2,580.56 housing benefit between September 2008 and June 2009.

The student loan was discovered via a data matching exercise and a subsequent investigation led by investigators.

Sally Metcalfe appeared before Beverley Magistrates on Friday, 29th January 2010.  She was prosecuted ubder Section 111A (1A) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 – dishonestly failing to report a change in circumstances.  She received a six-month order of conditional discharge and was also ordered to pay £345 towards costs.

Mrs Metcalfe will also have to repay the £2,580.56 she fraudulently claimed.

Andy Hardy, fraud investigation manager, said: “It is important that benefit claimants declare any changes in circumstances to the local authority.  People who fail to notify the benefits team run the risk of being prosecuted.”

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