Wellingborough woman avoids prison sentence for benefit fraud

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A woman who fraudulently claimed almost £16,000 in benefits avoided being sent to prison after being given a 12-week suspended sentence.

Sarah Hobbs, 31, of Shelley Road, Wellingborough, claimed income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit but didn’t declare that she had a secret bank account with regular monthly wages being paid in.

Mrs Hobbs had fraudulently claimed £6,857.50 income support, £7,682.40 housing benefit and £1,357.13 council tax benefit.

She was brought to justice following an investigation by Wellingborough Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Councillor Paul Bell, leader of Wellingborough Council, said: “We take benefit fraud extremely seriously.”

Wellingborough Council says it will pursue full recovery of the overpayment.