Portsmouth dockyard worker admits benefit fraud over Universal Credit

A FORMER dockyard worker has admitted benefit fraud spanning three years.

Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 11:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 5:42 pm
Portsmouth Magistrates' Court

Maxine Woodcock, 59, of Queen Street, Portsea, received an over-payment of £2,285 in Universal Credit.

Portsmouth Magistrates' Court heard she did not tell authorities she had a civil service occupational pension from her time working in Portsmouth dockyard.

Claire Jackson, for Woodcock, said her client had asked for financial advice as she is in debt and added: 'It wasn't like she was living the life of Riley.'

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Woodcock is still claiming Universal Credit but the amount she received has been revised now that she has declared her pension.

The defendant is already repaying the money.

Magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge with £40 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge to pay.

Woodcock admitted dishonestly making a false statement to obtain a benefit between December 30 in 2016 and January this year.

Ms Jackson told magistrates people wrongly claiming anything under £3,000 are usually dealt with outside court.