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Sutton fraud woman given community order

PUBLISHED: 15:08 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:03 30 June 2010

A SUTTON woman whose benefit fraud resulted in her being overpaid £13,000 in benefits and income support was given a community order earlier this month.

A SUTTON woman whose benefit fraud resulted in her being overpaid £13,000 in benefits and income support was given a community order earlier this month.

Rachel Stone, of Moor Road, was sentenced on 3 June to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work after she admitted failing to declare she was living with a partner, which led to the overpayment. She must also pay £100 costs.

Acting on an anonymous tip-off, North Norfolk District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions investigated her housing benefit, council tax benefit.

Norwich magistrates heard how she was overpaid £9530.44 in council tax and housing benefit, and £3298.75 in income support, when she had not declared that she was living with a partner from May 2007.

The overpaid benefits are being recovered by North Norfolk District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

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