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Two fined over Council Tax benefit fraud

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Two people received fines and costs and have to pay back thousands of pounds after admitting fraudulently claiming Council Tax Support for years while they were actually working.

Shaun Emery, 46, of Hitchin Street, Biggleswade, started to claim the benefit in March 2014 on the basis he had no earnings but an investigation by our fraud team discovered he was in work the following month.

He has to re-pay £3,131.66 for the discount he received, and Luton Magistrates’ Court ordered him to pay costs of £564, a victim surcharge of £44 and fined him £442.

Lynne Morris, 51, of Spoondell, Dunstable started claiming in December 2016 although our fraud team found she too had also been working.

She has to pay back £3,118.96 as well as pay costs of £470, a victim surcharge of £39 and a fine of £390 imposed at the same hearing.

Councillor Richard Wenham, our Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Corporate Resources, said:

Council Tax fraud is a very serious matter and those who are tempted to try and cheat the system should be reminded that we will investigate and pursue thoroughly all instances of wrongdoing.

People like this, who try to fraudulently abuse the system for their own financial gain, are putting their own greed ahead of the needs of vulnerable people.