Fraud totalled over £5,000

Dringhoe resident Tracie Brattley has received a 12-month community punishment order, incorporating 80 hours of unpaid work, after admitting benefit fraud.

Brattley, 40, of Beeford Road, Dringhoe, near Driffield, appeared before Beverley Magistrates Court on Friday, September 28 and admitted failing to promptly notify a change in circumstances to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The court heard that investigators from East Riding of Yorkshire Council established that Miss Brattley had started employment in September 2009.

But she fraudulently obtained housing benefit and council tax benefit totalling £5,302.12 between the period October 2009 to August 2011.

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

Andy Hardy, fraud investigation and enforcement manager, said: “It is very important that benefit claimants report any changes in their circumstances as a failure to do so may result in them being brought before the courts and, if convicted, receiving a criminal record.”

He said: “This prosecution was taken after consideration of East Riding of Yorkshire 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