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Issued: August 2019

Spelthorne Borough Council has secured the conviction of an Ashford resident for fraudulently claiming housing benefits from the Council over a period of almost nine months.

Tracey Bulley, of Orchard Way, appeared at Guildford Magistrates Court on 20 August 2019 after pleading not guilty to fraudulently claiming Housing Benefit between February 2017 to November 2017, by concealing her income and living arrangements from the Council. The fraud resulted in the defendant incorrectly receiving benefit totaling £8544.38.

Mrs Bulley was given a community order for 12 months, must carry out 100 hours of un-paid work and 15 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements (RAR) days. She was ordered to repay £8544.38 and the Council's costs of £3500.

Cllr Maureen Attewell, Spelthorne Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "We are very pleased with this outcome. Mrs Bulley claimed benefits fraudulently and obtained a large amount of money as a result. The Council has a zero tolerance attitude towards this type of behaviour and I hope the outcome of this case serves as a deterrent to others."  

If you suspect housing related fraud, contact the Council on 01784 446380 or email housingadvice@spelthorne.gov.uk

Benefit fraud should be reported to the Department of Work and Pensions Single Fraud Investigation Unit https://www.gov.uk/report-benefit-fraud or by calling 0800 854440.