Gosport woman admits £6,000 benefit fraud

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A WOMAN has admitted claiming an extra £6,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Hannah Butler, 30, of Carless Close in Rowner, Gosport, pleaded guilty to two offences under the social security administration act.

She admitted that she failed to inform the council that her partner, who she was living with, was supporting her financially. She claimed an extra £6,000 in income support and council tax. She must now pay back the money.

Butler was sentenced to an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 towards court costs.

The investigation was carried out by Gosport Borough Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Councillor Mark Hook, leader of the council, said: ‘We will continue to seek out those who fraudulently claim benefit to which they are not entitled, and thanks to more people coming forward with information, we are continuing to achieve successful prosecutions. These days, most people are finding things difficult financially and are having to tighten their belts to make ends meet.

‘So when hard-working, honest residents see people receiving benefits to which they are not entitled, it really angers people.’

If you know someone who is receiving benefit to which they are not entitled, call (023) 92 545 545.