Fraudster has to repay £11,000 in benefits

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A BENEFIT fraudster has been ordered to pay back £11,000.

Jade Woodman pleaded guilty to two charges under Section 3 of the Fraud Act 2006 after she received benefits she was not entitled to.

The 24-year-old appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court after she failed to say she was living with a partner.

The magistrates ordered Woodman, of Palmyra Road, in Gosport, to pay back in full the £11,000 she received in housing and council tax benefit and income support.

She was also sentenced to a 12-month community order to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, which led the investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions Fraud Teams, said: ‘We would ask everyone to be watchful and if you believe you know someone is receiving benefit to which they are not entitled, then please call our 24-hour Benefit Investigation Hotline.’

The number is (023) 9254 5545.