Wellingborough benefit cheat in court for falsely claiming £7,000

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A Wellingborough woman has been prosecuted by Wellingborough Council after fraudulently claiming more than £7,000 in benefits.

Joanne Grebska, 36, of Gannet Lane, Wellingborough, was claiming housing benefit and council tax benefit when her partner moved in with her.

After information about her change in circumstances was received, an investigation was launched by Wellingborough Council.

Fraud investigation officers were able to confirm Grebska was living with her partner and she was interviewed under caution, before being charged to appear at Northampton Magistrates Court.

Grebska appeared in court on November 18, where she pleaded guilty to one offence of failing to declare a change in circumstances while claiming housing benefit and council tax benefit.

She was sentenced to a 12-month community order to undertake 40 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £50 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Wellingborough Council leader Paul Bell said: “Benefit fraud is a crime.

“It’s simply not acceptable that some people think they can get away with cheating the system, especially at a time when honest people are struggling to make ends meet.

“We have an excellent track record of uncovering benefit fraud and we will continue to prosecute those who commit it.”

Grebska had fraudulently claimed £6,752.12 housing benefit and £740.13 council tax benefit, making the total overpaid £7,492.25.

Wellingborough Council is pursuing full recovery of the overpayments.