Woman claimed £30k in benefit fraud

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

A woman who fraudulently claimed more than £30,000 in benefits has received a suspended prison sentence and been ordered to carry out community work.

Sarah Dixon, 33, formerly of Broomfield Road in Fleetwood, failed to tell the authorities that she was married while claiming housing and council tax benefits.

Dixon originally began claiming benefits on the basis of being a lone parent on low income.

However Wyre Council and the Department for Work and Pensions launched a joint investigation into the case following a tip off and found that Dixon had been living with her partner from the outset.

He was in full time work throughout the fraudulent claim period and the couple, who married in 2011, shared their finances.

As a result Dixon was overpaid £30,987 between April 2008 and June 2011.

She pleaded guilty to three charges relating to benefit fraud at Preston Crown Court and was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work.

In addition, Wyre Council is in the process of recovering the overpaid money directly from her.

Members of the public can report benefits cheats in confidence oline at wyre.gov.uk/benefitfraud or by calling 01253 887348.

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