A benefit cheat who falsely claimed £23,219 from the council and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been caught, sentenced and ordered to pay back the money.
Zoe Adderley, 32 of Livingstone Close, Warrington appeared at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday 1 October and pleaded guilty to three charges of benefits fraud.
Adderley was claiming benefits but failed to inform the council and DWP that she was living with her partner and he was in full time employment.
Adderley had falsely claimed £14135.00 housing benefit and £1663 council tax benefit/ council tax support from the council and £7421 income support from the DWP.
Adderley was handed a 9 month prison sentence which was suspended for 2 years, 120 hours unpaid work and was ordered to repay the overpayments in full.
Adrian Webster, the council’s benefits and exchequer services manager, said: “Every day in the UK over 200 benefit thieves are caught – the clear message is - if you commit benefit fraud you will be caught.”
Anyone who suspects someone is fraudulently claiming benefits to which they are not entitled is asked to call the council's confidential benefit fraud hotline on 442282 / 442283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.