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Pensioner Prosecuted over Housing and Council Tax Fraud

Justice System

9:01am 17th November 2012
(Updated 9:05am 17th November 2012)

A pensioner from Dorchester's been given a two year conditional discharge after fraudulently claiming housing and council tax benefit.

62 year old Anita Claridge pleaded not guilty to failing to let West Dorset District Council know she was no longer unemployed.

Mrs Claridge claimed £1,793.03 in housing benefits and £552.97 in council tax benefits whilst she was working at a school as a cleaner between 1 March 2010 and 6 June 2011.

A hearing was held at Weymouth Magistrates' Court on 12 November 2012.

Mrs Claridge had repaid the amount in full before the hearing and was given two years conditional discharge by the magistrates.

Cllr Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said: "It is vital that anyone claiming benefits informs the council of a change in circumstances immediately by email to O.Hughes@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk.

"We are working hard with Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Purbeck District Council to combat benefit fraud on the principal of paying benefits to the needy and not the greedy and to deal with offenders accordingly."


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