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Fraudster mature Chislehurst student must pay back £12,000

PUBLISHED: 06:00 28 August 2013

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A mature student from Chislehurst who defrauded Bromley Council out of more than £12,000 must pay back the cash and work for 120 hours without pay.

Karen Younger, 50, of Willow Grove, pleaded guilty to defrauding the council out of £12,310 in housing benefits between October 2010 and February 2013. Younger had claimed benefit while receiving student loans and grants she hadn’t declared.

Bromley’s audit boss Cllr Neil Reddin said Younger had been caught thanks to the council’s data matching processes.

“Data matching is another tool we use to identify and successfully prosecute claimants who fiddle the system.

“Protecting our public funds and ensuring they are only used for those in genuine need is a priority for us.”

This case brings the total of Bromley benefit claimants prosecuted to 335 since Bromley and Greenwich councils started working together to track, trace and prosecute fraudsters.

She was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on July 31 to a four-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, as well as 120 hours’ unpaid work.

Anyone with information about a suspected benefit fraud is asked to call 0800 169 6975 in confidence, or email audit@bromley.gov.uk.

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