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Benefit fraudster was sitting on a six-figure inheritance

PUBLISHED: 11:54 09 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:18 09 September 2015

Bromley Civic Centre

Bromley Civic Centre

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His punishment? A curfew

TWO benefit fraudsters who dishonestly claimed almost £40,000 between them have been punished with a suspended jail sentence and a curfew.

Richard Sullivan’s wife had come into a six-figure inheritance and he’d had a pay rise – but he kept those minor details to himself and claimed £8,420 in housing benefit.

Jennifer Jackson claimed £31,562 in housing benefit, council tax benefit, jobseekers’ allowance and employment support allowance over more than four-and-a-half years – but was caught when an anonymous tip-off revealed that she hadn’t declared that she had a job.

Jackson, 62, of Chancery Lane, Beckenham, admitted three counts of benefit fraud and was given a 26-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months. She was also ordered to do 300 hours of community service and pay £830 in court costs and charges.

Sullivan, 32, of Portland Road, Bromley, also admitted four charges of benefit fraud and was ordered to do 100 hours’ unpaid work. He was also given a 12-week curfew between 8pm and 7am, and ordered to pay £635 in court costs and charges.

Anyone with information about suspected benefit fraud should call 0800 169 6975 in confidence or email audit@bromley.gov.uk. You can also download Bromley council’s fraud app at www.bromley.gov.uk/fraud.

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