Wife lied about her ‘bro­ken’ mar­riage to claim £4,800 ben­e­fits

Macclesfield Express - - TOUGH NEW POWERS TO RECLAIM ‘NO-GO AREA’ -

A HUS­BAND and wife have been con­victed of ben­e­fit fraud af­ter falsely claim­ing more than £4,800 of taxpayers’ cash.

Lu­cia Chi­malova, 34, lied when she said she had sep­a­rated from her hus­band Michal Chi­mal, 35, and needed fi­nan­cial sup­port from Cheshire East Coun­cil to help pay her rent and coun­cil tax.

The fraud lasted al­most 18 months be­fore it was dis­cov­ered that he had been liv­ing with her the whole time.

The to­tal fraud was £4,801.32.

The cou­ple, both of Nor­ton Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted mak­ing a false rep­re­sen­ta­tion to ob­tain Hous­ing Ben­e­fit and Coun­cil Tax Ben­e­fit at Crewe Mag­is­trates’ Court on July 21.

Chi­malova was or­dered to com­plete 180 hours un­paid work and Chi­mal was sen­tenced to an 18-week cur­few from 5pm to 5am daily.

Both were told to pay costs of £675 and must re­pay the il­le­gal­ly­ob­tained ben­e­fits in full.

Coun Les Gil­bert, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties, said: “The coun­cil will not tol­er­ate ben­e­fit cheats.

“I’d urge peo­ple who may be think­ing of try­ing to cheat the sys­tem to not bother. You will be caught.”

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