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Bedford Woman Found Guilty of Benefit Fraud

Friday 3rd December 2010

 

An employer based in Bedford has recently learnt that benefit fraud doesn’t pay. Sarah Weaver of Luton Road and Director of KWS Education Services provided an employee with false wage slips in order that the employee could claim Housing and Council Tax Benefit. Her actions aided the employee, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to fraudulently claim £3771.45 in benefits in less than eight months!

 

Sarah Weaver pleaded guilty to ‘Fraud by False Representation’ at Bedford Magistrates Court on Tuesday 30th October and was sentenced to a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 in costs.

 

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Licensing commented: “Unfortunately, there are some employers and employees who operate within a culture where they see cheating the system as being acceptable.  This is definitely not the case and we want that culture to change and that's a bigger battle than catching the cheats.

 

Bedford Borough Council's benefit fraud investigation team are particularly active and are increasingly successful in bringing prosecutions. They will seek to take the strongest possible action against employers found to be colluding with their employees to fraudulently claim benefits. Not only do we prosecute offenders but we also make sure that fraudulent claims are repaid."

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