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Bromley residents sentenced for benefit fiddling

PUBLISHED: 15:48 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:48 19 February 2015

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They will have to pay back money as well as fines

Three residents admitted falsely claiming benefits and were all duly sentenced at Bromley Magistrates Court on February 11.

Jibike Adelagun, 49, formerly of Southlands Road, Bromley, admitted defrauding the council out of housing and council tax benefits totalling £22,630 between August 2011 and June 2014.

She pleaded guilty to fraud and was sentenced to a 12 month community order requiring her to complete 170 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £575 in costs. As well as having a criminal record she will have to pay the full amount back.

Roger Byrne, 62, formerly of Green Lane, Chislehurst, admitted defrauding the council out of housing benefit totalling £2,908 over the period December 2012 to February 2014.

An alert from a member of the public led to an investigation that showed Mr Byrne had not declared that he was a director of a company and was in receipt of an occupational pension. He pleaded guilty to fraud and was sentenced to a £145 fine, ordered to pay £575 in costs and a victim surcharge of £20. As well as having a criminal record he will have to pay the full amount back.

In the third case Lindsey Thorpe,36, of Thorndon Close, St Paul’s Cray, Orpington, admitted defrauding Bromley Council out of housing and council tax benefits totalling £20,166 between period April 2011 and June 2014.

A referral from the LB Bromley benefits section led to an investigation that showed that Ms Thorpe had failed to declare income paid in through a number of bank accounts and also an increase in her salary.

She was sentenced to a 12 month community order requiring her to complete 80 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £575 costs. As well as having a criminal record she will have to pay the full amount back.

Neil Reddin, chairman of Bromley’s audit committee said: “These cases demonstrate the importance of referring any suspicious cases to our fraud department , knowing that these will be investigated and the cheats prosecuted. We will protect public funds and ensure that it is used only for people in genuine need.”

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