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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Woman admits £20,000 benefits fraud

A Whitehaven woman fraudulently claimed £20,000 in benefits.

Leanne Irvine, pleaded guilty to three charges when she appeared before magistrates at the West Cumbria court in Workington.

The court heard that Irvine, of North Road, Bransty, failed to notify Copeland council that she was living with Dean Irvine, who was employed.

She continued to claim housing benefit and council tax between September 2010 and February 2013.

Irvine was given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay £85 in court charges and an £80 victim surcharge.

A Copeland council spokesman said: "We will not hesitate to take action against those who are committing benefit fraud, which can be a serious problem for local authorities, and one that takes valuable council resources from those who need them, especially in times of austerity."

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