A fraudster who claimed nearly £7,000 in benefits while living with a partner who worked full time was sentenced on Tuesday 1October.
Bury and Rochdale Magistrates Court heard how Alison Minto, 29, of Glendavon Drive in Rochdale, went on holiday to Turkey with her partner despite claiming housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support benefit as a single parent.
Following an anonymous tip, a joint investigation by Rochdale Borough Council’s Fraud Office and the Department for Work and Pensions uncovered the fraud, with Minto having dishonestly claimed £6910 over nine months between May 2012 and February 2013.
At the hearing on Tuesday, Minto pleaded guilty to failing to declare a change in circumstances and was made to repay the fraudulently claimed benefits, as well as being sentenced to a 12 month community order, 200 hours’ unpaid work and £500 costs.
During sentencing, Magistrates warned Minto of the seriousness of her offence, adding that any similar transgression by her in the future would inevitably result in a custodial sentence.
Councillor Farooq Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Finance at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “It saddens me that a Rochdale resident would seek to take advantage of a system designed to help people get back on their feet and into work.
“This is something we are determined to eliminate and I’m very pleased with the work our Fraud and Legal Teams have done in bringing this individual to justice.”
Rochdale Council - A council which builds success and prosperity with our citizens and partners, whilst protecting our vulnerable people.