Old Trafford woman receives suspended sentence after admitting dishonestly obtaining benefits amounting to £35,000 (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Old Trafford woman receives suspended sentence after admitting dishonestly obtaining benefits amounting to £35,000
4:00pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
AN Old Trafford woman was given an eight week custodial sentence, suspended for a year, after pleading guilty to benefit fraud.
Louise Ward, 43, of Maher Gardens, was sentenced for dishonestly obtaining Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit amounting to £35,012.58, at Manchester Crown Court on September 19.
Ward had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to dishonestly obtaining benefits amounting to £35,012.58.
She had not reported the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Trafford Council that she was living with her partner who was working and had therefore been overpaid benefit between October 16 2006 and November 13 2011.
She received the reduced sentence due to her guilty plea and is also required to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work under supervision and repay all of the benefits she wrongfully obtained to the DWP and Trafford Council.
Council counter fraud officers came across the fraud as a result of an offer of joint working from the DWP, following a check on her claim that revealed periods of employment for her partner that had not been declared.
Executive councillor, Sean Anstee, said: “This case once again highlights to benefit cheats that the council and its partners will take whatever steps available to bring them to justice.”
Anyone who suspects someone of committing benefit fraud is asked to call Trafford Council on 0161 912 2852 or via Freephone number 0800 328 6340.