Woodley woman sentenced for benefit fraud
August 01, 2011
A 47-year-old Woodley woman has been prosecuted for committing benefit fraud worth more than £5,000.
Julie Brown, of Howth Drive, Woodley, was given a 12-month community sentence with a requirement of 80 hours of unpaid work after admitting fraud totalling £5,159.
She was also ordered to pay £100 costs after appearing at Reading Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, July 6.
Brown admitted making a false statement and not declaring she was living with her employed partner after an investigation.
Muir Laurie, director of business assurance and democratic services at Wokingham Borough Council, said: “This was another excellent result that highlights the benefits of joint working between the local councils and the Department of Work and Pensions, all of whom are committed to identifying fraudulent benefit claims and pooling resources to protect the public purse.”
Anyone with concerns relating to benefit fraud can report them in confidence on 0800 454 240.