Woman given sen­tence for ben­e­fit fraud

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Heavyweight Defeated -

A woman from Ash­ford has been given a 12-month su­per­vi­sion order and or­dered to pay £500 af­ter pleaded guilty to three charges of ben­e­fit fraud.

In 2009 and 2010, Reneta Gen­ova-Tans­ley, 42, of Crown­field Road, failed to de­clare to Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil that she owned any other prop­er­ties, when in fact she owned homes in Bul­garia. This re­sulted in an over­pay­ment for hous­ing ben­e­fit and coun­cil tax ben­e­fit be­tween Septem­ber 2009 and Au­gust 2012 to­talling £8,232.92.

Gen­ova-Tans­ley ap­peared at Can­ter­bury Crown Court on Mon­day, Au­gust 4, and was given a 12-month su­per­vi­sion order, 120 hours com­mu­nity ser­vice, and was or­dered to pay £500 costs.

Cllr Gra­ham Galpin, Ash­ford coun­cil’s port­fo­lio holder for fi­nance and re­source man­age­ment, said: “We take ben­e­fit fraud very se­ri­ously. Ev­ery penny dis­hon­estly claimed from the coun­cil in coun­cil tax sup­port and hous­ing ben­e­fit comes di­rectly from the pub­lic purse and is money we would much rather be spend­ing on im­prov­ing our ser­vices.”

Since April 2011 the coun­cil’s fraud team has cracked more than £518,000 of fraud.

Res­i­dents who think some­one is re­ceiv­ing hous­ing ben­e­fit and/ or coun­cil tax sup­port they are not en­ti­tled to are en­cour­aged to phone 0800 021 3262 or email fraud@ash­ford.gov.uk

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