Woman admits benefit fraud

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A GAINSBOROUGH woman who admitted falsely claiming more than £4,000 in housing and council tax benefits has been ordered to carry out community service and ordered to pay back thousands of pounds.

Lincoln Magistrates Court heard that Rebecca Thaiss, from Ropery Road, Gainsborough, first claimed benefit in June 2009 when she was unable to work because of an accident and she said her partner had no income.

Then. data matching work in a prosecution brought about by West Lindsey District Council revealed that the partner had in fact started working in August 2009.

As a result, payments of £4,095.76 had been made which Thaiss, who is also known as Becky Webb, was not entitled to. The 21-year-old has been ordered to carry out 40 hours of community service and overpayments will also have to be repaid.

A WLDC spokesman said: “Benefit fraud is not a victimless crime.”

“We do not tolerate fraud and it is important that it is detected and losses are reduced to ensure that benefit is only paid to those that are rightly entitled.”

If you suspect anyone of committing benefit fraud you can email fraud@west-lindsey.gov.uk, or call 01427 676522.