Bromley woman fined over £2,500 for fiddling council tax
PUBLISHED: 14:15 18 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:15 18 December 2015
Teniola Abe-Disu, of Headcorn Road, claimed single person discount when sharing a property with her husband
A woman who claimed single person discount on her council tax when sharing a property with her husband since 2007 has been ordered to pay over £2,500.
Teniola Abe-Disu, 44, of Headcorn Road, was sentenced at Bromley Magistrates Court on Tuesday to a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £700 towards prosecution costs.
She also has to repay her entire wrongly claimed single person discount of £1,874.
The case was investigated after information had been received by the councils’s education department of her husband’s possible residence at the address which raised suspicions about Abe-Disu’s eligibility for a discount, and evidence gathered showed that her husband had been resident for eight years.
Neil Reddin, chairman of Bromley’s audit committee said: “We welcome this successful prosecution which shows our intention to track down any cheat who claims an allowance that 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.”