Talking West Cheshire

Winsford woman pleads guilty to more than £23,500 benefit fraud

22 September 2010

A 28-year-old woman has been sentenced after pleading guilty to benefit fraud amounting to £23,593.

Cerianne Abbott of Lodge Drive, Winsford, appeared before Liverpool Crown Court.

She had previously admitted two offences of dishonestly making false representations to both Cheshire West and Cheshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions and two offences of dishonestly failing to promptly notify Cheshire West and Chester Council of a change in her circumstances that she knew would affect her entitlement benefits, namely that she was living with her husband.

Mrs Abbott was sentenced to 80 hours Community Punishment Order to be carried out within 12 months of sentencing and is required to fully repay the overpaid benefit to Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Councillor Les Ford, Finance Executive Member said: “We hope that this court case sends out the message that benefit fraud will not be tolerated.

“If people’s circumstances alter they should inform the Council immediately by ringing the benefit department on 0300 123 7021.”

If you think someone you know is claiming benefit that they are not entitled to, then you can report your suspicions by ringing 0300 123 7030 or via the Benefit Fraud page.

You can also email your suspicions to fraud@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk and all information received will be treated in confidence.