Chichester woman falsely claimed £17,000 in benefits

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CHICHESTER woman Felicity Heriot-Spence has been convicted of benefit fraud after illegally claiming almost £17,000.

The 40-year-old failed to declare all of her bank accounts when she first claimed money in 2008.

Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard during the period of her claim – from July 2008 to April 2011 – she failed to declare wages from seven different employers that came to more than £34,000 in total.

The court heard Heriot-Spence fraudulently claimed housing and council tax benefit.

She pleaded guilty to two charges of dishonestly making a false representation in order to obtain benefit.

Magistrates sentenced Heriot-Spence, of Chichester Drive, Tangmere, to 200 hours community work.

She was also ordered to pay £100 in costs.

Chichester District Council will now take steps to recover all overpaid benefit from Heriot-Spence.