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Penge woman defrauds Bromley Council of more than £19,000

PUBLISHED: 16:24 31 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:24 31 July 2015

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She has been sentenced.

A woman from Penge has pleaded guilty to benefit fraud.

Sarah Sanders, 33, also known as Sarah McLellan of Kingswood Road, Penge, pleaded guilty to defrauding Bromley Council out of more than £19,000 in housing and council tax benefits between April 2009 and March this year.

She was sentenced on July 9 at Bromley Magistrates Court.

A data matching exercise with HMRC led to an investigation which showed that Ms Sanders had failed to notify an increase in her wages for the six year period.

She was sentenced to a 12 month community order requiring her to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work.

She was also ordered to pay £400 in costs and Bromley Council will recover the overpayment.

Councillor Neil Reddin, chairman of Bromley’s audit committee, said: “This case was identified as a result of data matching, which this authority uses as a tool to root out fraudsters.

“Bromley Council does not tolerate any fraud and will protect public funds meant for the needy of this borough.”

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