01:09AM, Wednesday 12 June 2013
A woman has been ordered to pay almost £11,600 in compensation after she fraudulently claimed more than £12,500 in housing and council tax benefits.
Nicola Garrod, 40, of Buckland Crescent, Windsor appeared at East Berkshire Magistrates’ Court Slough on Thursday where she pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to notify a change in circumstances.
She was sentenced to a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay compensation of £11,598.72 and £200 in costs.
The case arose as a result of a government data-matching exercise which revealed Miss Garrod had failed to declare an increase in earnings while continuing to claim housing and council tax benefit.
She received £11,631.42 in housing benefit between April 4, 2011 and January 7, 2013 plus £900.09 in council tax benefit between April 4, 2011 and February 19, 2013.
The council’s confidential and free Beat the Cheat line for reporting suspected benefit fraud incidents is on 0500 353300.
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