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Benefits cheat was wrongly paid £20k
6:00am Friday 13th December 2013 in Echo News
A BENEFIT cheat has admitted falsely claiming almost £20,000 in handouts.
Marie Confrey, 45, of Sparkbridge, Laindon, admitted knowingly making a false statement or representation to obtain housing and council tax benefit.
She also admitted four charges of failing to notify of changes in circumstances.
Confrey, was handed an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months at Basildon Magistrates’ Court.
She had failed to declare her partner was selfemployed and that she had a second job.
Confrey was overpaid £14,751 housing benefit between January 11, 2010 and February 3, 2013.
She was overpaid £4,215 council tax benefit between January 11, 2010 and January 13, 2013.
Confrey was also placed under curfew from 8pm to 6am for three months, ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge and costs of £1,340.
Stuart Sullivan, councillor responsible for resources, said: “Benefit fraud is theft and the cheats who try and get away with it are stealing from the residents of Basildon.”
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