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York Resident To Be Sentenced Over £70,000 Benefit Fraud


2:28pm 7th February 2014

An investigation by City of York Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) into a £78,356 fraud was sparked by a tip-off from a member of the public, and the perpetrator will shortly be sentenced.

The joint investigation conducted by Veritau – the council’s counter-fraud specialists – and the DWP found that Karen Fligg (aged 54) of York, failed to declare that she was residing with her husband, Stephen Fligg, who was in paid employment, for a number of years whilst receiving benefits. 

They uncovered that, as a result of not declaring her spouse, Karen Fligg was overpaid £52,733.47 in income support, £18,167.55 in Housing Benefit, £5,572.43 in Council Tax Benefit and £1,883.35 inJob Seekers’ Allowance.

Karen Fligg of Jute Road, Acomb, appeared at York Crown Court on 3 February 2014 and pleaded guilty to two charges of dishonestly failing to inform City of York Council and the DWP that she was married and living with her husband between 2005 and 2012.

Karen Fligg will be sentenced on Monday, 10 March 2014 at York Crown Court.

Cllr Linsay Cunningham-Cross, Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, said: “This is a good result in the fight against benefit fraud in York. The council will not tolerate this type of criminal behaviour, at any level, and action will be taken against those who are abusing the system. 

“We’d like to thank the member of the public who brought this crime to our attention and encourage anyone with any information on fraudulent activity to phone the confidential fraud hotline on 01904 552935 or email fraud@york.gov.uk.”

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