Corby woman jailed for benefit fraud

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A woman from Corby who fraudulently claimed more than £23,600 in tax credits, income support and child benefit has been sentenced.

An investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) found Vienna Michelle Israel, 32, of Spencer Walk, Corby, had failed to report her children were no longer living with her, which would have greatly reduced the level of benefits to which she was entitled between August 2010 and May 2012.

Adrian Farley, assistant director of investigation for HMRC, said: “Israel was interested only in lining her own pockets and knew exactly what she was doing when she claimed benefits to which she was not entitled.

“We recognise it is only a minority that are exploiting the system but would encourage anyone with information relating to tax credit fraud to call the Benefits Anti Fraud Helpline on 0800 854440 in total confidence.”

Israel was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on October 1 to one year in prison and was also charged to pay a victims surcharge of £100.

She pleaded guilty to offences under the Tax Credits Act 2002 and the Social Security Administration Act 1992 on 8 August 2013.

Between October 2011 and May 2012 Israel claimed £2,260.41 in income support, £15,803.00 in tax credits between August 2010 and April 2012, and £5,549.40 in child benefit payments between October 2010 and May 2012, none of which she was entitled to.

The total overpayment was £23,612.81.