Benefits cheat must repay nearly £6000

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A Dunstable woman illegally claimed benefits after failing to tell the authorities her partner had moved in with her.

Zoe Graur, 21, of Stokers Close, pleaded guilty to receiving £5,869.40 to which she was not entitled when she appeared at Bedford Magistrates’ Court last week.

She was given a 12-month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work, £200 costs and a £60 victim surcharge, as well as having to repay all of the money that she claimed illegally.

Graur was brought to justice following a joint investigation between Central Bedfordshire Council’s Revenues and Benefits team and the Department for Work and Pensions.

She failed to notify the authorities that her circumstances had changed after her partner moved in on January 20, 2013.

As a result, Graur was overpaid £2,436.28 of Housing Benefit between February 4, 2013 and December 8, 2013, £49.93 of Council Tax Benefit between March 4, 2013 and March 17, 2013 and £3,383.19 of Income Support between January 28, 2013 and December 24, 2013.

If you suspect someone of claiming benefits illegally call the council’s confidential 24-hour fraud hotline on 0300 300 5577. For questions about benefits, or to find out whether you are eligible to claim, ring the money and benefits hotline on 0300 300 8306.