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Benefit cheats rack up £18,000 of fraud claims

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 11, 2013

Benefit fraudsters have pleaded guilty in three separate cases heard at Truro Magistrates' Court.

Amy Hurrell, 29, of Bridge Road, Illogan admitted two counts of benefit fraud totalling £6,371.49 after failing to promptly report to Cornwall Council that her partner's earnings had increased.

She was fined £100 and also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and £50 towards the council's investigation and legal costs.

In another case, Amanda Mather, 43, of Castle Green, Helston pleaded guilty to two counts of benefit fraud totalling £5,941.76, after failing to promptly report to Cornwall Council that her household set-up had changed, and of failing to promptly report that she was in receipt of increased earnings.

She was fined £130 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and £100 towards the Council's investigation and legal costs.

In the final case on Friday, Adam James, 26, of Longstone Hill, Carbis Bay, admitted two counts of housing benefit and council tax benefit fraud totalling £6,314.44 after failing to promptly report to Cornwall Council that his earnings had increased.

He was fined £180, plus £20 victim surcharge and was also ordered to pay £100 towards the Council's investigation and legal costs.

In all three cases, the overpaid benefits are being recovered by Cornwall Council separately from the court action.

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