Emsworth fraudster admits to benefits swindle

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UNPAID work awaits a woman who admitted a £30,000 benefit scam.

Deborah Rose, 40, of Thistledowne Gardens, Emsworth, claimed housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support between April 2007 and May 2011.

But she failed to declare that she had a working partner living with her, who she had married in 2009.

At Worthing Magistrates’ Court, Rose pleaded guilty to four charges of dishonestly failing to notify Chichester District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions of a change in her circumstances.

The total amount defrauded was £30,299.41.

She was sentenced to 50 hours’ community work for each charge, to run concurrently.

Councillor Josef Ransley, who is in charge of corporate services and communications at the council, said: ‘The benefits system is there to help those most in need, not those who want to abuse it by claiming money they are not entitled to.

‘Benefit fraud is a very serious crime and we will continue to prosecute those people guilty of it.’