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Bromley benefits fraud takes over £20,000 from council

PUBLISHED: 09:53 17 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:07 17 September 2015

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Musu Bility pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to two counts of benefit fraud

A Bromley woman pleaded guilty last week to two counts of housing and council tax benefit fraud, totalling £20,583.

Musu Bility, 32 of Burnt Ash road, Bromley received a criminal record after cheating the council for more than two years on September 10.

The mother of three was given a two year conditional discharge as well as a statutory £15 victim surcharge.

Bility changed her plea to guilty on the day of the trial at Croydon Crown Court, after it was found information on a joint-tenancy agreement provided by Bility was false.

No curfew or community order could be issued, due to health issues and the mother of three also acting as her mother’s carer.

Bromley council will seek to recover the overpayment.

Councillor Neil Reddin Chairman of Bromley’s Audit Committee said: “If you commit fraud Bromley Council will prosecute. We do not tolerate any fraud and will always protect public funds meant for the needy of this borough.”

This case brings the number of prosecuted benefit claimant in Bromley to 421 since Bromley council started work with the Royal Borough of Greenwich to track, trace and prosecute benefit fraudsters.

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