Former Penge resident admits benefit fraud
PUBLISHED: 12:48 23 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:48 23 October 2014
Fined and ordered to pay back ill gotten gains
A 25 year-old woman formerly from High Street, Penge, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court to defrauding Bromley council out of benefits totalling £3,156 over a nine month period.
Bianca Lilley defrauded Bromley council out of housing and council tax benefits totalling £3,156 over the period July 2012 to March 2013.
The case was investigated following a referral from the police.
Lilley pleaded guilty to one offence of fraud and was sentenced at Bromley Magistrates Court on October 8 to a £75 fine, ordered to pay £100 costs and a further £20 victim surcharge fee.
As well as having a criminal record she will have to pay back the £3,156 to Bromley Council.
Neil Reddin, chairman of Bromley’s audit committee said: “This case shows that any referrals received from other bodies or members of the public will be investigated and if proven cheats will be prosecuted.
“We will protect public funds and ensure that these are used for people in genuine need.”