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    Bromley resident pleads guilty to fraud

    Post  Member on Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:12 pm

    A Bromley Borough resident pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court when the Council prosecuted her for benefit fraud on the 17th December 2008.

    Jacqueline Benjamin, 44, formerly of Sherman Road, Bromley admitted to defrauding Bromley Council of housing and council tax benefits totalling £36,991 for the period from March 2004 to March 2008. She had failed to notify the Authority that she was receiving large amounts of income into her bank accounts during the period of the claim. She was sentenced to a 12 month Community Order, ordered to pay £350 costs and a further £5,000 compensation order to Bromley Council. The Council is also recovering the balance of the £36,991 illegally extracted from the public purse.

    Councillor Michael Tickner, Chairman of Bromley’s Audit Sub Committee, said: “This prosecution further demonstrates our resolve to pursue fraudsters and minimise losses from our residents’ public funds.”

    The case brings the total of persons prosecuted to 172 since Bromley and Greenwich Councils started working in partnership to track, trace and prosecute benefit cheats.

    Anyone with information about a suspected benefit fraud should contact (in strict confidence) the Fraud Hotline on 0800 169 6975 or e-mail audit@bromley.gov.uk

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