Mother’s £30,000 benefit fraud guilt

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A MOTHER from Bestwood Village who fraudulently claimed over £30,000 in benefits has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

Jane Ledger, of Hill Road, was also ordered to pay £400 in court costs and complete 100 hours of unpaid work as well as being told she will have to pay the cash back.

Ledger made claims for housing and council-tax benefit amounting to £25,067 from Gedling Borough Council over five years from June 2006 to January 2009. She also claimed income support of £3,542 and jobseeker’s allowance of £1,519 from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

Following an investigation it was discovered that Ledger had not declared to the council or the DWP ‘significant amounts of capital in six bank accounts’, one of which included a deposit for £62,500.

Ledger pleaded guilty to three offences, two of failing to report a change in her circumstances she knew would affect her benefit and one of submitting a claim form to obtain benefit and not declaring the capital.

She admitted that what she did was wrong and she was remorseful.