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Woman sentenced for will deceit

PUBLISHED: 17:49 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:53 23 August 2010

A WOMAN has been sentenced to 240 hours community service for benefit fraud after failing to declare more than £100,000 she received from her mother s will. Joanne Delahoyde, of Kings Drive, Gravesend, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court Last Wednesday (Ju

A WOMAN has been sentenced to 240 hours community service for benefit fraud after failing to declare more than £100,000 she received from her mother's will.

Joanne Delahoyde, of Kings Drive, Gravesend, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court Last Wednesday (June 11) charged with benefit fraud.

The court heard how Mrs Delahoyde had failed to notify Gravesham Borough Council and the Department of Work and Pensions that she had received a lump sum of £131,000 from her mother when she died in 2002.

She was claiming income support and housing benefit as a lone parent and failed to declare the sum to the authorities who were paying her housing and living costs.

She obtained £28,416.63 in income support and housing benefits fraudulently before being caught out.

The fraud came to light when investigators traced a bank account held by Mrs Delahoyde that had not been declared to the authorities.

After further investigation into Mrs Delahoyde's claim they obtained copies of bank account statements that showed the large deposit going into the account. A spokesperson for Gravesham council said: "The council is committed in tackling benefit fraud and, by joint working with government agencies, the council is able to share intelligence in order to make cheating the system harder to do."

Judge Phillip Statman ordered her to do the maximum community punishment order possible.

If you are aware of a benefit cheat phone Gravesham Borough Council between 8am to 5pm on 01474 337231.

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