Woman told to re­pay af­ter fraud

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -

A COU­PLE from Ram­sey failed to de­clare all their earn­ings even though one was claim­ing ben­e­fits, a court has heard.

Sally Bru­denell (48) and David Pol­lard (56), both for­merly of West­field Road, Ram­sey, and now re­sid­ing in Sus­sex, were con­victed in their ab­sence when they failed to at­tend a hear­ing in Oc­to­ber last year and were ar­rested re­cently and brought back to court

Hunt­ing­don Mag­is­trates’ Court heard Bru­denell had claimed ben­e­fit at 29 West­field Road, Ram­sey in Fe­bru­ary 2010 as an un­em­ployed sin­gle par­ent.

But fol­low­ing her claims an al­le­ga­tion was re­ceived by Hunt­ing­don Dis­trict Coun­cil’s fraud team that a David Pol­lard also lived at the ad­dress and worked full time.

In­quiries showed that Pol­lard was res­i­dent and in full time work although the cou­ple both de­nied any wrong­do­ing in in­ter­views with coun­cil in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

When Bru­denell’s ben­e­fit was re­cal­cu­lated it was found that £3,509 had been over­paid in hous­ing and coun­cil tax ben­e­fit and in­come sup­port be­tween Fe­bru­ary and June 2010.

Bru­denell, who had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, re­ceived a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der to un­der­take 120 hours un­paid work. She was told to pay com­pen­sa­tion to the coun­cil of £2,423, and costs of £240.

Pol­lard was told that his sen­tence was de­ferred as he is due to change em­ploy­ment. His case was ad­journed to July 23.

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