Suspended sentence for benefit fraudster

A 36 year old Telford woman has admitted six charges of dishonestly making a false statement in order to obtain increased Housing and Council Tax Benefit, to which she was not entitled.

Suspended sentence for benefit fraudster

Gail Linda Doody, of Whitemere Road, Wellington, Telford, dishonestly claimed an amount totalling £31,709.91 over a period of over  13 years in a case brought by Telford and Wrekin Council.

Telford Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday that the offences related to Ms Doody declaring that her mother, who lived with her, was not working when in fact she was. Ms Doody admitted the offence at an earlier hearing.

The offences took place between August 2001 to November 2014.

In addition to paying back the overpaid benefit, Ms Doody was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for a period of 12 months.