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Trio defrauded council out of more than £40,000

PUBLISHED: 12:57 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:57 23 February 2015

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They will have to repay it all

Three people will have to pay tens of thousands of pounds back to Bromley Council after being caught committing benefit fraud.

Jibike Adelagun, Roger Byrne and Lindsey Thorpe will have to repay all the money they falsely claimed.

Adelagun, 49, of Southlands Road, Bromley, defrauded the council out of £22,630 in housing and council tax benefit between August 2011 and June 2014 by not declaring that she had three jobs. She was also ordered to do 170 hours’ unpaid community work and pay £575 costs.

Byrne, 62, of Green Lane, Chislehurst, did not declare that he was a company director and receiving a pension, thereby defrauding the council out of £2,908 in housing benefit from December 2012 to February last year. He was also fined £145 and ordered to pay £575 in costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

Thorpe, 36, of Thorndon Close, St Paul’s Cray, Orpington, defrauded the council out of £20,166 in housing and council tax benefit from April 2011 to June last year, after not declaring various sources of income and a salary increase. She was ordered to do 80 hours’ unpaid community work and pay £575 costs.

All three admitted fraud at Bromley Magistrates’ Court.

Cllr Neil Reddin, chairman of Bromley’s Audit Committee, said: “These cases demonstrate the importance of referring any suspicious cases to our fraud department.”

Anyone with information about suspected benefit fraud should contact 0800 169 6975 or email audit@bromley.gov.uk in confidence.

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