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Benefits cheat ordered to wear electronic tag

Benefits cheat ordered to wear electronic tag

Francis Batt

Benefits cheat ordered to wear electronic tag

Dishonestly claiming almost £24,000 in benefits has led to a suspended jail sentence and a six month tagged curfew for a Windsor woman.

Jean Hewitt, 62, of Birchington Road was found guilty of six charges of dishonestly failing to notify a change in circumstances when she appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, April 25.

On Thursday she was sentenced to seven months’ imprisonment for each offence, suspended for two years. A six month, electronically monitored curfew between 6pm and 6am was also imposed.

Hewitt, whose address at the time of the offences was Westmead in Windsor, was living with an undeclared partner while receiving housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support as a single person.

She received overpayments of £23,920.63 - £9,922.70 in housing benefit between April 6, 2009 to August 8, 2011, £2,163.43 in council tax benefit from April 6, 2009 to August 4, 2011 and £11,834.50 in income support between March 31, 2009 and September 5, 2011.

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