Bromley fraud conned council out of nearly £2,500

PUBLISHED: 14:36 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:36 03 February 2016

Bromley Magistrates Court. Picture: PA/Anthony Devlin

Bromley Magistrates Court. Picture: PA/Anthony Devlin

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The case was referred during a school place bid

A Bromley fraud who gave away her scheme in a school place bid has been ordered nearly £3,000 back to Bromley Council.

28-year-old Faye Sandford, from Chatterton Road, had been claiming single person discount on her council tax, despite living with her partner and father of five children for eight years.

Bromley council made the discovery when Sandford listed a second contact for her home address during a school application.

Neil Reddin, chairman of Bromley Council’s Audit Committee said: “We welcome the outcome of this successful prosecution which shows our intention to pursue any cheat who claims an allowance, in this case a single person discount, which they are not entitled to.

“We do not tolerate fraud as it is a waste of public funds that are meant for those in genuine need.”

Sandford pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court, and was ordered to pay back the £2,465.60 she conned from the council since 2007.

She must also pay £400 towards the prosecution cost and a £15 victim surcharge, while she was given a three year conditional discharge.

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