Judges gavel

A Billericay woman who had nine undeclared bank accounts has been found guilty of benefit fraud.

Phyllis Huet, 71, of Hillhouse Court, The Spinney, Billericay, was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, ordered to pay costs of £1,137 and a victim surcharge of £80 at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on August 22.

She was charged with making false housing and council tax benefit claims in September 2011, contrary to section 111A of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

Overpayments totalled £6,000, which Huet will have to pay back to Basildon Council.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Councillor Stuart Sullivan, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for resources"]It beggars belief how benefit cheats believe they can just take taxpayers money and divert it from people who genuinely warrant our support. Fraud is stealing and benefit fraud is stealing from the needy.[/quote]

Article by Basildon Council

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