Woman admits £29,000 benefit fraud

A woman from West Wittering has been given a prison sentence after falsely claimed nearly £29,000 in benefits.

Lorely Day had claimed the money for over six years without declaring that she had a substantial monthly private pension.

Miss Day received a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for 2 years, after claiming £23,369.58 in Housing Benefit and £5,629.69 in Council Tax benefit between November 2006 and January 2013.

She pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates Court to charges of dishonestly making false statements to Chichester District Council.

Benefit fraud is a very serious crime and we will prosecute those people guilty of it. All income and capital has to be declared, no matter what its source. The benefits system is there to help those most in need, not those who want to abuse it by claiming money they are not entitled to receive."

– Cllr Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council

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