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Housing Benefit fraud uncovered


1:10pm 7th December 2011
(Updated 4:31pm 7th December 2011)

A couple have been charged and sentenced for fraudulently claiming Housing and Council Tax Benefit from City of York Council.

Megan Tate (aged 23) of Holgate Road, claimed Housing Benefit using a false address while she lived with her boyfriend Mark Taylor (aged 29) of Holgate Road, who also claimed Housing Benefit and Council Tax benefit fraudulently by claiming that he lived alone.

The fraud was discovered after a member of the public tipped off City of York Council. The investigation was conducted by Veritau, a specialist company which investigates fraud on behalf of the Council. 

Tate was charged with defrauding City of York Council of £1,097.28 in Housing Benefit and Taylor was charged with defrauding City of York Council of £3,000 in Housing Benefit and £390.60 in Council Tax Benefit.

The investigation concluded with the defendants both pleading guilty to all charges at York Magistrates Court on 1 December 2011.  

Tate was given a two-year conditional discharge and Taylor a three-year conditional discharge.  

A spokesperson for Veritau said: “We encourage anyone with any information on fraudulent activity to phone our hotline on 01904 552935 or email us at fraud@york.gov.uk

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