Monday, 23 September 2013

Benefit Fraudster Caught

A resident of Cambridge was sentenced for benefit fraud at Cambridge Magistrates Court on Thursday 19th September 2013; after she continued to claim Housing Benefit for an address she had left a year earlier.

Miss Rosie Tunnicliffe, aged 36, of Malvern Road, Cambridge, took more than £3,800 in welfare benefits, which she was not entitled to. She pleaded guilty to one charge of benefit fraud.

Details of her previous criminal convictions were put before the court and she was sentenced to a Community Order requiring her to undergo 6 months Supervision and pay £100 towards costs and a £60 victim surcharge. She will also be required to repay in full the taxpayers money she illegally claimed.

Naomi Armstrong, Benefits Manager for Cambridge City Council, said, "Anyone who commits benefit fraud is stealing valuable resources from our community. I would encourage anyone who believes that benefit fraud is occurring to report it for free and in strictest confidence on 0800 328 0572.

Julie Smith, Executive Councillor for Cambridge City Council said, "Cambridge City Council takes benefit fraud very seriously and will prosecute those perpetrating fraud. Benefits are provided for the most vulnerable in society. If people are in financial difficulty they should seek advice from the Council and we will do what we can to help people access benefits to which they are entitled."