Woman must pay back £11,000 in benefits

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A WOMAN in Gosport has been ordered by a court to repay £11,000 in housing benefit.

Laura Morris, 39, of Magennis Close, Rowner, pleaded guilty to one offence under the Social Security Administration Act 1992, that she dishonestly failed to promptly notify the council she was receiving NHS bursary payments.

The case was heard at Fareham Magistrates’ Court after an investigation by the council’s fraud team, which led to the order to give back the overpaid benefits, along with a 12-month community order, which has an 80-hour work requirement.

The council will receive £150 in costs.

Tory leader of the council Mark Hook said: ‘Everyone is finding things tough and that their money doesn’t go as far as it used to.

‘But fraudulently claiming money to which they are not entitled, public money which ordinary hard-working people have contributed towards, is not the way to go about things.

‘We will continue to find these people and bring them before the court.’

The council want anyone with information about similar cases to call (023) 92 545 545.