Hayes woman fraud­u­lently claimed £160k

45-year-old sen­tenced to prison and will have to re­pay cash on re­lease

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A HAYES woman has been jailed for 12 months af­ter she fraud­u­lently claimed over £160,000 worth of in­come sup­port, hous­ing ben­e­fit and coun­cil tax ben­e­fit.

She was even­tu­ally caught thanks to an anony­mous tip-off.

Mar­tine Wel­land, of Phelps Way, was sen­tenced at Isle­worth Crown Court on Wed­nes­day (Oc­to­ber 12) af­ter plead­ing guilty to two counts of dis­hon­estly fail­ing to no­tify a change of en­ti­tle­ment to so­cial se­cu­rity over a pe­riod of 12 years.

The 45-year-old was claim­ing In­come Sup­port from Novem­ber 1998 and hous­ing/coun­cil tax ben­e­fit from March 2003 on the ba­sis she was a sin­gle par­ent who was not work­ing, and had no in­come other than child ben­e­fit.

A Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions (DWP) Fraud and Er­ror Ser­vice in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched af­ter an anony­mous al­le­ga­tion was made over the in­ter­net.

En­quiries found Wel­land was not en­ti­tled to ben­e­fits from March 2002 to June 2014 be­cause she was liv­ing with her hus­band.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view un­der cau­tion with the DWP she told au­thor­i­ties the man she was liv­ing with was her step-brother.

The to­tal amount fraud­u­lently claimed was £102,701.24 of In­come Sup­port, hous­ing ben­e­fit of £51,241.35, and £9,050.80 of coun­cil tax ben­e­fit – a to­tal of £162,993.40.

Wel­land will be forced to re­pay the money on her re­lease from prison.

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