A villager has been handed a 16-week suspended prison sentence after fraudulently claiming more than £22,000 in benefits.
Yvonne Credland, 56, of Main Street, Hotham, appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court where she pleaded guilty to dishonestly making a false statement to East Riding Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, affecting her entitlement to council tax benefit and jobseekers allowance.
The case was brought to court following a joint investigation by East Riding Council and the Department for Work and Pensions who discovered that Credland had failed to declare that she had received a £112,000 inheritance in 2009.
Magistrates sentenced Credland to a 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered her to pay £85 towards costs.
In addition, she also has to repay the £22,130.55 she fraudulently claimed between January 2009 and March 2013.
Jeff Taylor, principal fraud investigation and enforcement officer at East Riding Council, said: “Those who choose to deliberately commit benefit fraud should be aware that it is only a matter of time before they are brought before the courts.
“The public are the victims of benefit fraud and I urge East Riding residents to report their suspicions to us, providing as much information as possible.”
Anyone who suspects benefit fraud in the East Riding can call the 24-hour benefit fraud hotline in confidence on (01482) 394949, text 07786 200850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.