Woman guilty of house scam

Solihull News - - FRONT PAGE - ZOE CHAM­BER­LAIN zoe. cham­ber­[email protected] reach­plc. com

A WOMAN has been con­victed of a £ 44,000 coun­cil house scam – af­ter she tried to buy a home she was not liv­ing in.

Donna Pring, 50, tried to take ad­van­tage of the Right to Buy scheme to claim a huge dis­count on the cost of the home in Soli­hull in Jan­uary 2016.

She was a Soli­hull Com­mu­nity Hous­ing ten­ant but an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Soli­hull Coun­cil’s Fraud Team dis­cov­ered she was not liv­ing in the prop­erty at the time.

If the in­ves­ti­ga­tion had not been car­ried out, she would have re­ceived a dis­count of around £ 44,000.

Now liv­ing in Tam­worth, Pring was found guilty of fraud by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion af­ter a trial at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court.

Coun Robert Hul­land, Cabi­net Mem­ber for Re­sources & De­liv­er­ing Value, said: “We are de­lighted that Ms Pring has been found guilty af­ter a very lengthy in­vesti- gation. There are thou­sands of peo­ple wait­ing for a coun­cil prop­erty in the bor­ough, so I’m pleased we were able to un­cover Ms Pring’s un­ac­cept­able ac­tions and re- let the prop­erty to a fam­ily in need.

“I hope it sends a strong mes­sage to peo­ple that fraud is not tol­er­ated in Soli­hull and we will pur­sue those who choose to cheat the sys­tem.”

She will be sen­tenced on De­cem­ber 13 fol­low­ing pre- sen­tenc­ing re­ports.

Donna Pring

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