Successful benefit fraud prosecutions

Press Release: 21/04/2005

Winchester City Council has successfully prosecuted four residents for Housing and Council Tax benefit fraud in recent months.

Four  Winchester residents, two women and two men, were found guilty of claiming benefit while they were working and as well as repaying the amounts claimed - varying from £1674.87 to £4654.84 - two were given community punishment and rehabilitation orders and the other two were fined.  All were ordered to pay costs.

The City Council's Director of Finance, Sheila Boden, said the Council has a duty to prevent and detect benefit fraud in the area. 

"We have a clear message to people who carry out benefit fraud - we will find out and we will prosecute," she added. "We also need residents in the Council district to help identify people claiming benefit when they are not entitled to it."

The City Council has a confidential Benefit Fraud Help-line - 01962 848306 - which members of the public can use. Callers do not have to leave their name, and all calls will be followed up.  The City Council also has a referral form on their website, www.winchester.gov.uk which members of the public can complete and which can be sent to the Benefits Section anonymously.