Two con­vic­tions for ben­e­fit fraud

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TWO women, in sep­a­rate cases, were sen­tenced for ben­e­fit fraud at Traf­ford Mag­is­trates’ Court af­ter falsely ob­tain­ing more than £25,000 be­tween them in fi­nan­cial sup­port.

Michelle Wright, 32, was charged with con­tin­u­ing to col­lect hous­ing and coun­cil tax benefits from Traf­ford Coun­cil de­spite find­ing work.

Traf­ford mag­is­trates heard how Wright, of Lyn­d­hurst Av­enue, Urm­ston, was over­paid by £19,321 from May 2011 to Septem­ber 2014 .

She was sen­tenced to a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der, 250 hours of un­paid work, and or­dered to pay £460 costs and a £60 vic­tim sur­charge.

Also con­victed of ben­e­fit fraud was Yolande Lasa, 37.

The court was told how she dis­hon­estly ob­tained £4,966 in benefits af­ter claim­ing she was a lone par­ent de­spite living with her part­ner.

Lasa, of Bas­ford Road, Old Traf­ford, re­ceived over­pay­ments be­tween July 2009 and Jan­uary 2014 and was sen­tenced to 180 hours of un­paid work, and must pay a £700 fine to­wards the pros­e­cu­tion and a £60 Vic­tim Sur­charge.

A Traf­ford Coun­cil spokesman said the author­ity was now re­cov­er­ing all the monies ob­tained as a re­sult of both of­fences.

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