Council Tax Fraudsters Fined and Have Over £3,000 each to Repay

Two people received fines and costs and have to pay back thousands of pounds after admitting fraudulently claiming Council Tax Support for years while they were actually working.

Lynne Morris, 51, of Spoondell, Dunstable started claiming in December 2016 although an investigation by Central Bedfordshire Council’s fraud team found she had been working.

She has to pay back the council £3,118.96 as well as pay costs of £470, a victim surcharge of £39 and a fine of £390 imposed at the same hearing.

Shaun Emery, 46, of Hitchin Street, Biggleswade, started to claim the benefit in March 2014 on the basis he had no earnings but the council's fraud team discovered he too was in work the following month.

He has to re-pay £3,131.66 for the discount he received, and Luton Magistrates’ Court ordered him to pay costs of £564, a victim surcharge of £44 and fined him £442.

Councillor Richard Wenham, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Corporate Resources at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Council tax fraud is a very serious matter and those who are tempted to try and cheat the system should be reminded that we will investigate and pursue thoroughly all instances of wrongdoing.

“People like this, who try to fraudulently abuse the system for their own financial gain are putting their own greed ahead of the needs of vulnerable people.”

Heavy fine for mis-using mum’s Blue Badge

A Leighton Buzzard motorist used her mother’s Blue Badge when she was not present during a Central Bedfordshire Council targeted enforcement day, Luton Magistrates’ Court heard

Kelly Doyle, 42, of Billington Court, admitted parking in Lake Street in November 2019. She was fined£40 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £503 – a total cost to her of £573.

Councillor Richard Wenham, Deputy Council Leader and Executive Member for Corporate Resources at Central Bedfordshire Council said: “People who mis-use Blue Badges to park in spaces reserved for holders are inconsiderately taking spaces away from those who genuinely require them.

“They allow a disabled person to park closer to their destination and must only be used by another person if the badge holder is present and being dropped off or collected.”

source: CBC news release 26/2/2020.


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