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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Cumbrian woman fined for benefits fiddle

A woman who fraudulently claimed more than £2,400 in benefits has been fined by magistrates.

Natalie Marie Little, of Wood Street, Maryport, appeared at West Allerdale Magistrates’ Court where she admitted two charges of failing to notify a change in circumstances, which resulted in her receiving benefits to which she was not entitled.

The court heard how Little had claimed housing benefit and council tax benefit in April 2012.

In February 2013 a review by Allerdale council’s Fraud Team uncovered an undeclared tax credit from June 1, 2012.

Little admitted she had failed to declare the credit despite knowing that her entitlement was affected by income changes.

In total she received benefits of £2,425,24 which she was not entitled to.

Little was fined £130 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.

The benefits will be recovered, the magistrates were told.

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