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Benefit cheat diddled taxpayers out of £16,000

PUBLISHED: 11:27 22 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:27 22 June 2015

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It will take her a decade to repay it

A benefit cheat who defrauded Bromley Council of more than £16,000 has escaped jail.

Billie Holah, from Penge, had various sources of income, including work, renting out her house, and bank accounts.

But the 47-year-old still claimed £16,588 in housing benefit, income support and council tax benefit she was not entitled to between May 2012 and April this year.

Holah, of Kenilworth Road, admitted benefit fraud at Bexley Magistrates’ Court.

She was sentenced to three months in jail, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 100 hours’ unpaid work. She also has to pay £1,500 costs and £12,332 compensation at a rate of £100 per month.

Anyone with information about suspected benefit fraud should call 0800 169 6975 in confidence or email audit@bromley.gov.uk

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