Three people have been prosecuted in Lichfield and Burntwood for benefit fraud.
The trio appeared in court after investigations by Lichfield District Council.
Anne Marshall, 29, of Church Road, Stonnall, pleaded guilty to failing to tell the council about a change in her circumstances that affected her benefit entitlement. Because she had not declared that someone had moved into her home, the district council overpaid her £3,882 in housing and council tax benefit.
As well as paying back the overpaid benefit, the court fined Anne Marshall £200, and ordered her to pay £400 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Forty-three-year-old Julie Nixon, previously of Chase Road in Burntwood, pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to promptly tell Lichfield District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions about a change in her circumstances that had an affect on the amount of benefit she was entitled to.
As she had not declared that her partner was living with her, the district council overpaid her £3,444 in housing and council tax benefit, and the Department for Work and Pensions overpaid her £10,645 in job seekers’ allowance.
On top of paying back the money, the court sentenced her to 200 hours of unpaid work, a 12 month supervision order and £100 court costs.
Damian Millis, 29, of Deykin Road in Lichfield, pleaded guilty to two charges of dishonestly failing to tell the district council and the Department for Works and Pensions that he had been employed for more than two years, while claiming benefits.
As a result, Mr Millis was overpaid £8,073 in housing and council tax benefit and £11,883 in incapacity benefit from the Department for Works and Pensions.
On top of repaying the money, the court gave him a four month custodial sentence suspended for eighteen months, an 18 month supervision order, and ordered him to pay £100 costs.
Councillor Mike Wilcox said:
“These cases show how important it is to keep the council informed about any changes in your life that could impact on your benefit entitlement. It could be anything from a new job or a pay rise, to someone moving into your home.”
To report benefit fraud call 0800 783 1030 or textphone 0800 328 6341 or email email@example.com.