Asfordby woman must pay back more than £13,000 after being found guilty of benefit fraud offences

Court news
Court news

An Asfordby woman must pay back more than £13,000 after being found guilty of benefit fraud offences.

Christine Gascoigne, of Main Street, was convicted of two charges of knowingly failing to promptly report changes in her circumstances on her claims for housing benefit and council tax benefit to Melton Council and two charges of making a false statement and knowingly failing to promptly report changes in her circumstances to the Department for Work and Pensions, JobcentrePlus.

Gascoigne, who appeared in court on October 12, had failed to report she had capital in excess of the allowed levels in 2010 and 2011, which she had received from an inheritance and sale of inherited properties.

She was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay the council costs of £2,826.50. She was also ordered to pay back the full £11,040.50 overpayment of housing and council tax benefit and £2,414.34 income support which she fraudulently obtained from the council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

A Melton Council spokeswoman said: “Benefit fraud is a crime. If you wish to report a benefit fraud please call our benefit fraud team on 0800 028 2196 or report via our website www.melton.gov.uk/onlineform?afname=U2D4WhWcr3P