Benefits cheat was wrongly paid £20k

Southend Standard: Benefits cheat was wrongly paid £20k Benefits cheat was wrongly paid £20k

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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1:06pm Fri 13 Dec 13

max zorin says...

we've been wrongly paying benefit cheats loads of money for years now, or don't MP's expenses count as benefits?!
we've been wrongly paying benefit cheats loads of money for years now, or don't MP's expenses count as benefits?! max zorin

5:24pm Fri 13 Dec 13

John Bull 40 says...

Wow,that will teach her she wont do that again for a couple of weeks.
Wow,that will teach her she wont do that again for a couple of weeks. John Bull 40

9:04pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Yellowsunblueclouds says...

Maybe the echo should write a story on the shambles basildon council ACTUALLY is! Or do they make too much money from the council not to expose them..
Maybe the echo should write a story on the shambles basildon council ACTUALLY is! Or do they make too much money from the council not to expose them.. Yellowsunblueclouds

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