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Lichfield benefits cheat forced to repay £3,000

A Lichfield woman has been forced to repay more than £3,000 in benefits.

Victoria Moore, of Ponesfield Road in Lichfield, pleaded guilty to failing to give prompt notification of a change in circumstances whilst claiming housing and council tax benefit at Tamworth Magistrates Court on September 15.

The court heard how Miss Moore failed to promptly tell Lichfield District Council when she started a new job. As a result, the authority overpaid her £3,020 in housing and council tax benefit. The court ordered Miss Moore to do 60 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £450, as well as having to repay the £3,020 benefit she had fraudulently received.

Councillor Michael Wilcox, Cabinet Member for Finance, Revenues and Benefits, said:

“Benefit fraud costs the tax payer more than £700 million every year which is unfair to everyone who follow the rules. We take benefit fraud very seriously and we hope these cases act as a deterrent to anyone who thinks they can cheat the system.”

Anyone claiming housing or council tax benefit that has a change in circumstance, such as an increase in earnings or a change to your tax credits, can contact Lichfield District Council on 01543 308900. anyone wanting to report a fraud can call 0800 783 1030.

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