Woman told to pay back £20,000 in benefits

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FRAUDSTER Marian Rae has been ordered to pay back £20,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Rae, formerly of Rydal Road, Gosport, made false representations on her housing benefit claim forms by not telling Gosport Borough Council her husband was employed.

She was given an overpayment of £20,000 in housing and council tax benefit which must now be paid back in full to the council.

Rae, 47, was also sentenced to a 12-month community order and must do 150 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Rae changed her not guilty plea to guilty on the day of the trial at Portsmouth Crown Court on November 15.

She faced two charges under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

Gosport council’s financial services manager, Julian Bowcher, said: ‘It is important we stop people claiming benefit to which they are not entitled.

‘We continue to catch and bring people who fraudulently claim benefits before the courts, but with the public’s help we could do even more.

‘If anyone believes they know someone in Gosport who is receiving benefit to which they are not entitled, then please do the right thing and call us.’

The council has a 24-hour benefit investigation hotline.

The number to call is (023) 9254 5545.

All information received on this number is treated in strict confidence.