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Penge fraudsters falsely claimed benefits worth £20,000

PUBLISHED: 10:36 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:36 26 May 2015

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Pair will have to repay all the money

Two fraudsters from Penge who falsely claimed more than £20,000 in benefits between them have finally been caught.

Diete Nzimbu was earning too much money to be entitled to benefits, but still claimed £11,974 in housing and council tax benefit between August 2010 and August 2014. She also had five bank accounts that she had not told Bromley Council about.

Deborah Wilson did not tell the council about an increase in her salary, pocketing a total of £8,852 in housing benefit that she was not entitled to between July 2012 and March this year.

Nzimbu, 52, of Blean Grove, admitted making a false representation to obtain benefit at Bromley Magistrates’ Court. She was ordered to do 120 hours’ unpaid work and pay £575 costs.

Wilson, 39, of Graveney Grove, admitted failing to declare a change in circumstances when in receipt of housing benefit. She was given a 150-hour community order and ordered to pay costs of £575.

Both women will also have to pay back all the money.

Neil Reddin, chairman of Bromley’s audit committee, described the women as “cheats”, adding: “Public funds are only available to those in genuine need.”

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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