Stretford woman convicted after falsely claiming more than £15,000 in benefits (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Stretford woman convicted after falsely claiming more than £15,000 in benefits
4:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A STRETFORD woman was convicted after falsely claiming more than £15,000 in benefits.
Catherine Rooney, 47, of Kendal Road, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Department for Work and Pensions and to Trafford Council’s Benefits Department, at Manchester Magistrates Court on September 3.
She was convicted of falsely claiming Job Seekers Allowance and Council Tax Benefit amounting to £17,386.99 and sentenced to a fine of £180, a victim surcharge of £15 and to pay costs of £250.
She is additionally required to repay all monies that she falsely claimed.
Rooney failed to declare that she had capital of £28,000 at the time of her applying for benefits, which, if she had declared, would have meant that she would not have been paid any benefit.
She was overpaid Job Seekers Allowance and Council Tax Benefit between September 2008 and January 2013 as a result.
Council counter fraud officers were alerted to this matter after a data matching exercise highlighted that she had bank accounts that had never been disclosed to either agency.
Executive councillor, Sean Anstee, said: “Trafford is committed to bringing those who fraudulently claim benefits to justice. We take benefit fraud extremely seriously and will do whatever it takes to protect public money.”
If you suspect anyone of benefit fraud contact Trafford Council on 0161 912 2852 or via Freefone number 0800 328 6340.
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