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Orpington resident pleads guilty to fraud

PUBLISHED: 13:31 27 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:43 27 March 2015

Bromley council is taking benefit cheats to court

Bromley council is taking benefit cheats to court

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30-year-old admitted defrauding council out of £7,313 in housing benefit

A 30-year-old Orpington resident has pleaded guilty to housing benefit fraud at Bromley Magistrates’ Court.

Lysette Keen (aka Young), of Chipperfield Road, pleaded guilty on March 11 to defrauding Bromley council out of £7,313 in housing benefit for the period November 2010 to September 2014.

A referral from the Housing Benefit Section led to an investigation that showed Ms Keen had failed to notify that she had a second job.

She was sentenced to a 12 month community order requiring 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £85 costs. As well as having a criminal record she will have to pay back the overpayment in benefit.

Councillor Neil Reddin, chairman of Bromley’s audit committee, said: “We welcome this successful prosecution which arose from our observant staff referring this case for investigation. We have to ensure that public funds are safeguarded and only used for those in genuine need.”

This case brings the total of Bromley benefit claimants prosecuted to 389 since Bromley Council and the Royal Borough of Greenwich started working in partnership to track, trace and prosecute benefit fraudsters.

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

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