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Two people from St Helens guilty of benefit fraud
Colin Middleham aged 56, from Buckfast Avenue, Haydock, was sentenced at Huyton Magistrates Court on 06/07/2011 for two offences of benefit fraud.
Mr Middleham had failed to declare earnings and a pension to The Department for Work and Pensions and St.Helens Council's Benefit Department. This resulted in him receiving £10,841.53 Income Support and £2,019.41 Council Tax Benefit that he was not entitled to.
Mr Middleham pleaded guilty and was sentenced to £500 fine and ordered to pay costs of £150. He is also required to pay back the overpayment in full.
Emma Kreft (aged 33) of Sunnybank Close, Newton le Willows, pleaded not guilty at St.Helens Magistrates Council (July 9) to benefit fraud.
She was found guilty of failing to declare her true circumstances to St Helens Council and the Department for Works and Pensions, with a view to claiming Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefit. Ms Kreft had failed to declare that she was working as a teacher while claiming benefits, which resulted in an overpayment of benefit totalling £4696.84.
Ms Kreft was sentenced to a community order for 2 months with a curfew. She is also required to repay the full overpayment plus £150 court costs.
The cases were brought by the Department for Works and Pension’s and St Helens Council’s Benefit fraud Teams. If you want to report fraud call the benefit fraud hotline on: 0800 953 0217 or e-mail:
The case was brought by The Department for Work and Pensions in partnership with St Helens Council's Benefit Fraud Team. If you want to report a fraud call the Benefit Fraud Hotline on: 0800 953 0217 or email email@example.com