A 35 year-old Leighton Buzzard woman has been fined after pleading guilty to falsely claiming benefits at a hearing at Luton Magistrates Court last Monday.
Samantha Simms, of Newton Way, was charged with making a false representation in her benefits claim form. In her claim application she said she did not own, or partly own any property, when in fact she jointly owns a property with her ex-husband.
Mrs Simms had to repay £4,384.73 in Housing Benefit and £317 in Council Tax Benefit and also now has to pay £155 fine, full prosecution costs of £699.82 and £15 victim’s surcharge.
Central Beds Councillor Maurice Jones said: “Benefits cheats take money away from those people who really need it. This investigation clearly shows that we will not tolerate abuse of the benefits system and will take appropriate action against those who do try to make a fraudulent claim.
“While we take a hard line against anyone who falsely claims benefits, help is always available for people who are genuinely entitled to receive financial aid.”
“Our confidential fraud hotline 0300 3005557 is open 24 hours a day, for anyone who suspects someone might be claiming benefits fraudulently.
“Any residents who want information about paying their Council Tax or to find out whether they are eligible for Council Tax or Housing Benefit can call our Money and Benefits Helpline on 0300 3008306.”