A woman from Reading has been given a suspended sentenced after being convicted of benefit fraud.
Marion Forrest, from Cambian Way in Calcot, was sentenced to eight weeks in custody suspended for 12 months after she falsely claimed more than £12,000 in housing benefits.
The 37-year-old was given a Supervision Order for six months and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and £250 costs.
Reading Borough Council will always take a strong stand on issues of Fraud against the council. Thank you to the investigation team for their work in this area. If anyone suspects someone is committing fraud, either Benefit, Tenancy or Blue Badge parking fraud, they should contact 0500 50077 – a free phone fraud reporting line."
Video. She led a millionaire lifestyle, drove luxury cars and enjoyed foreign holidays. And yet - all the time - Dawn Simon from Kent claimed she had no income and was forced to exist on benefits. Derek Johnson reports.
Chancellor George Osborne has defended welfare and tax changes that are being introduced this month.
In a speech, he said: "For too long we've had a system where people who did the right thing, who get up in the morning and work hard felt penalised for it. While people who did the wrong thing got rewarded for it. That's wrong.
"So, this month we're going to put things right. This month, nine out of ten working households will be better off as a result of the changes we are making. This month we will make work pay".
A woman who banked more than £130,000 in benefits after claiming severe disability has been jailed today with her ex-husband.
Roswitha Jones from Ramsgate, and her ex Reginald from Dover, were jailed for fraud after a court heard how she was so ill she couldn't open a bottle of wine yet she was pictured scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean. Click below for the full report
Under changes brought in by the Welfare Reform Act in England, Scotland and Wales, minimum penalties will be £350, while cautions will no longer be an option. Other penalties coming into effect include an immediate 3 year loss of benefit for serious or organised benefit fraud or identity fraud.