Villager fined for benefit fraud

A VILLAGER has been handed a fine after admitting benefit fraud.

Joanne Dawson, of Moor Lane, Stamford Bridge, appeared before York Magistrates on last Thursday. She admitted to failing to declare a prompt change in circumstances effecting her entitlement to council tax benefit and income support.

Miss Dawson, 45, submitted her claim to benefits in August 2010 stating that her only income was income support. An investigation by both East Riding Council and the Department for Work and Pensions established that Miss Dawson had failed to declare that she had commenced employment in August 2011.

Miss Joanne Dawson received a £110 fine and was ordered to pay £85 costs. She will also have to repay the £2,602.62 she fraudulently received.

She was prosecuted under Section 112 (1A) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

Andy Hardy, fraud investigation manager, said: “We are determined to safeguard the funds available for genuine claimants.

“Anyone found to be fraudulently claiming benefit faces being brought before the courts and, if convicted, receiving a criminal record. It is very important that those who are receiving benefits contact the council promptly should there be any changes in circumstances.”

This prosecution was taken after consideration of East Riding Council’s prosecution policy.

Anyone who suspects benefit fraud in the East Riding area can call the 24-hour benefit fraud hotline in confidence on 01482 394949, text 07786 200 850, or email benefit.fraud@eastriding.gov.uk.