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Selby Woman Fined After Falsely Claiming £9,000 of Benefits

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3:21pm 15th January 2013

A resident of Selby has pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming more than £9,000 in benefits from Selby District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Kelly Robey, 23 of Deacon Court, Selby, was sentenced to a Community Penalty with a supervision order for six months and ordered to pay £390 towards the Council's costs when she appeared at Selby Magistrates Court on Tuesday 15 January.

Kelly Robey was charged with failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions and Selby District Council of a change in her circumstances from December 2010, with a view to falsely obtaining benefits which is contrary to the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

After a full investigation by Selby District Council's Counter Fraud Unit, it found that Kelly Robey had failed to declare that her partner was living with her.

This resulted in a Housing Benefit overpayment o £4,694, a Council Tax Benefit overpayment of £823.50 and an Income Support overpayment of £3,653. These overpayments are being recovered by Selby District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions directly from Kelly Robey.

Anyone who suspects benefit fraud can report it to the Council either online via www.selby.gov.uk or by calling the Benefit Fraud hotline: 01757 292230 (you do not have to give your name, you can just leave a message).

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