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Benefit cheat must pay £24,000 back

PUBLISHED: 13:29 23 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:53 23 August 2010

A 30-YEAR-OLD woman has been given a two-year suspended sentence for claiming some £24,000 in income support, housing and council tax benefits. Louise Carr, of Fairway Court, The Grove, Gravesend, admitted benefit fraud at Dartford Magistrates Court on J

A 30-YEAR-OLD woman has been given a two-year suspended sentence for claiming some £24,000 in income support, housing and council tax benefits.

Louise Carr, of Fairway Court, The Grove, Gravesend, admitted benefit fraud at Dartford Magistrates Court on July 10.

She claimed a total of £24,188 in benefits as a single parent whilst living with her partner.

Gravesham council began an investigation into Miss Carr's claims after receiving an allegation that her partner was living with her at her address.

Adrian Warburton, cabinet member for transformation, said: "Benefit cheats steal money from honest members of the community who need financial help.

"I hope Miss Carr's sentence sends a clear message to all benefit cheats that they will be caught and will be punished."

The court ordered her to do 240 hours of community service and to repay the full amount.

To report a benefit cheat, leave a message with the council on 01474 33 74 00.

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