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Sheppey Woman pleads guilty to benefits fraud

Friday 21 December

Sheppey Woman pleads guilty to benefits fraud

A woman from Sheppey has been given a 12 month community order after pleading guilty to charges relating to benefits fraud.

Jane Elizabeth Prentice, 50, of Abbey View Drive, Minster, was prosecuted after falsely claiming Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support from Swale Borough Council between August 2016 and December 2017.

Mrs Prentice claimed to be a single parent on a low income, with three dependent children, but an investigation by the Department for Works and Pension (DWP) found that she was living with a man at the time.

The claim was reassessed and it was found that Mrs Prentice was overpaid £9,194.68.

She pleaded guilty at Maidstone Magistrates court on Tuesday 18 December. 

Mrs Prentice was sentenced to a 12 Month Community Order, 15 Days rehabilitation activity requirement, 140 Hours unpaid work,  and ordered to pay £135 costs and £85 victim surcharge, as well having to repay the benefits she fraudulently received.

Cllr Duncan Dewar-Whalley, cabinet member for finance and performance at Swale Borough Council said:

“Benefits cheats have to learn that defrauding the public purse will ultimately catch up with them. These actions undermine people who legitimately claim, and make the public suspicious of the system. My congratulations to the Department for Work and Pensions investigations team for bringing this successful prosecution.”

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