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Suspended Sentence for Hambleton Benefit Fraudster

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7:17am 12th March 2013

A 37 year old woman who fraudulently claimed benefits by claiming she was living alone was given a suspended prison sentence this month.

Zoe Yoldanda Grier-Hall had received £22,324.73 in Housing and Council Tax benefits from Hambleton District Council by falsely declaring that she was a lone parent, when she was living with her partner, say Hambleton District Council.

The offences spanned over a five year period between 2005 –2010 during which time Miss Grier-Hall was known as Zoe Peacock and lived at Central Way, Great Aytonsay Hambleton District Council.  They add that she now lives in Cornwall.

The Council say that Miss Grier-Hall pleaded guilty to the offences at Teesside Crown Court on March 4 and was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.  They add that she was also placed on a 12 month supervision order with the probation service.

The Council say they will seek recovery of the full overpayment through civil procedures. 

Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Ron Kirk said the authority will pursue fraudulent claims.  “The Council has a duty to its residents to pursue these claims and ensure that the correct Housing and Council Tax Benefits are paid,” he said.

Hambleton District CounciI say that if you are aware of anyone who may be claiming benefits fraudulently and feel you can give information about this, please contact the investigations team on 01609 767270. Alternatively you can complete a form on www.hambleton.gov.uk or leave a message on the Fraud Hotline on 01609 767065. Please give as much information as possible as this is more likely to lead to a positive outcome.

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