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Mottingham woman sentenced after wrongly claiming benefits for almost three years

PUBLISHED: 09:29 01 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:29 01 August 2013

A Mottingham woman has been handed a 12 month community order after defrauding Bromley Council out of more than £8,000 in benefits.

Tracey Phipps, 43, of Prestbury Square, pleaded guilty to illegally claiming housing and council tax benefits between June 2009 and May 2012 after an anonymous tip.

An investigation was launched and showed Phipps had failed to declare that she was living with a partner.

She was sentenced on July 24 at Bromley Magistrates Court to a 12 month community order, requiring 140 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £100 costs.

Cllr Neil Reddin, chairman of Bromley’s Audit Committee, said: “I again express my thanks to those members of the public who come forward with information that can as in this case result in a successful prosecution of a benefit cheat.

“I would encourage anyone who suspects someone of fiddling the system to come forward, assured that we will investigate such allegations. Our public funds are only for those in genuine need.

This case brings the total of Bromley benefit claimants prosecuted to 332 since Bromley and Greenwich councils started working together to track and prosecute fraudsters.

Anyone with information about a suspected benefit fraud should contact the Fraud Hotline on 0800 169 6975, or email audit@bromley.gov.uk.

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