Woman given sentence for benefit fraud
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 firstname.lastname@example.org