Long Melford tax cheat fined £300

A TAX cheat who claimed a string of benefits while also receiving sick pay from her employer has been fined £300.

Lisa Wilson, of Olivers Close, Long Melford, failed to declare she was being paid sick pay while claiming more than £3,000 in benefits.

The 29-year-old was overpaid employment support allowance of £1,309, housing benefits of £1,665 and council tax benefit of £352.

Wilson admitted three charges of failing to promptly notify a change in her circumstances when she appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court.

She was fined £300 and given a 12-month conditional discharge.

David Whitmore, corporate and counter fraud manager at Babergh District Council, which brought the prosecution, said it sent out a strong message that his team would “root out fraud”.

“This successful prosecution was the result of painstaking research and investigations by our specialist team of fraud investigators,” he said.

“The case shows how important it is that clients in receipt of benefits tell us and other agencies of any changes in their circumstances at the first opportunity.”