Corby woman falsely claimed £16,400 in benefits

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A benefit fraudster who wrongly claimed more than £16,400 in benefits has been ordered to carry out 240 hours unpaid work.

Deborah Maynard, of Morley Walk, Corby, pleaded guilty at the town’s magistrates’ court to failing to declare her partner was living with her.

She also failed to inform the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of the change in her circumstances.

Maynard was interviewed on October 2012 when she denied that her partner was living with her.

After further information was gathered, Maynard was interviewed again on November 20 last year when she admitted living with her partner.

As a result of her false claims, she was overpaid income support of £11,849.96, housing benefit of £3,789.60 and council tax benefit of £791.96.

In addition to the community order, Maynard was ordered to repay the overpaid benefits and £200 costs.

The prosecution was brought by Corby Council and Maynard appeared before magistrates on June 20.

Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “Cases in which residents deliberately give false information in order to receive benefits will just not be tolerated and the council, alongside partners, will take action.

“Our benefit system is in place to help the most vulnerable and those that genuinely need it and we work hard to ensure those who are trying to take advantage of the system are caught.

“It is very important that if your circumstances change you let our officers know as soon as possible. They will be able to give you help and advice at any time.”

Members of the public can report cases where they suspect fraudulent receipt of benefits by contacting a member of Corby Council staff in confidence on 01536 464095.