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Council tax fraudster ordered to pay back £4,000 and complete 250 hours unpaid work

PUBLISHED: 16:37 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:38 14 March 2017

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Danielle Jackson, 26, supplied a forged letter from her supplier to the council

A woman who had claimed Council Tax Support but supplied a forged letter from her employer, was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to complete 250 unpaid work at Woolwich Crown Court on the March 1.

Danielle Jackson, 26, and formerly of Springfield Gardens, had been investigated by the Council’s Internal Audit and Anti-Fraud Team following a referral from the Benefits Section who were suspicious about the authenticity of a letter supplied by Miss Jackson from her employer.

Enquiries with Miss Jackson’s employer, Santander PLC confirmed that the letter was not genuine and a credit report showed she had other undeclared accounts.

She was interviewed under caution in the presence of her solicitor where she admitted providing the forged letter as she was desperate to get her claim back into payment and claimed that the money held in the other accounts was not hers but in fact belonged to other members of her family.

Following the interview, she provided copy statements for all the accounts identified and the Benefit Section were able to calculate that she was not entitled to Council Tax Support.

During the three day trial at Crown Court, the existence of other accounts came to light following a request to Santander and, after deliberation, the jury unanimously convicted Miss Jackson of two Counts of Fraud under the Fraud Act 2006.

In addition to her two year suspended sentence and her requirement to complete 250 hours unpaid work, Jackson was ordered to pay £4,000 costs and £100 victim surcharge within six months.

Neil Reddin chairman of Bromley’s Audit Committee said: “We welcome the outcome of this successful prosecution and the sentence imposed for cheats who claim benefits they are not entitled to. Bromley will not tolerate fraud as it is a waste of public funds that are meant for those in genuine need.”

Anyone with information about a suspected benefit fraud should contact the Fraud Hotline on 0800 169 6975 or email audit@bromley.gov.uk

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