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Bromsgrove woman avoids jail for benefit fraud
10:50am Sunday 25th August 2013 in Local
A CHARFORD woman, who fraudulently claimed income support, housing benefit and council tax, has escaped jail after magistrates handed her a 12 week suspended sentence.
Claire Jamison, 38, of Enfield Close, was sentenced by Redditch magistrates on August 14 after pleading guilty to dishonestly claiming benefits totalling £26,630.98 between July 2008 and December 2011.
She claimed to be a lone parent when she was in fact living with her partner.
The investigation was started by the Department for Work and Pensions after a data match identified some undeclared work.
After it was launched, the investigator became suspicious of the more serious offences.
Further enquiries confirmed the suspicion and Bromsgrove District Council were invited to join the investigation in order for the full extent of offending to be uncovered.
After hearing details of the case Mrs Jamison was sentenced to a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £100 costs. The overpaid benefits are being recovered by the Department for Work and Pensions and Bromsgrove District Council through their own methods.
A Bromsgrove District Council spokesman said: “This case shows both the importance of anybody claiming to declare their true circumstances and the consequences of not doing so, and the benefits of co-operation and joint working between the organisations involved.”
Anyone wishing to report a suspicion of benefit fraud can do so by calling 01527 881221, completing the online fraud report form at bromsgrove.gov.uk/fraud, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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