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Aylesbury women sentenced for benefit fraud

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Date Published: 01/07/10

Two Aylesbury women have been sentenced for benefit fraud by Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court. The women were taken to court by Aylesbury Vale District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Michelle Dimino of Blackwater Drive was found guilty of failing to declare that she had been living with a partner who was in employment. This resulted in an overpayment of housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support of just over £27,000 between May 2005 and March 2009. Mrs Dimino pleaded guilty to dishonesty charges and was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, 150 hours unpaid work and has to pay £100 costs.

Sindy Goodwin of Stafford Keep, Pine Street also received a 16 week sentence, suspended for 12 months, along with 200 hours unpaid work and £100 costs. Miss Goodwin had been working while claiming housing benefit, council tax benefit and job seeker’s allowance between September 2007 and May 2009. She pleaded guilty to dishonestly receiving benefits totalling £3,176.

Both women will have to repay the overpayments made to them.

Councillor Neil Blake, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “With cuts in government spending on the way, we need to ensure that every penny given out as benefits goes to those in genuine need. We will continue to work with other government agencies to uncover those who steal from the rest of us.”