Woman’s £3,000 housing benefit fraud
PUBLISHED: 09:49 05 March 2020 | UPDATED: 10:50 05 March 2020
A married woman fraudulently claimed more than £3,000 in housing benefits after claiming she lived alone.
Aisha Corbett, 39, applied for the benefit, including a reduction in council tax, for her Caxton Road home in Beccles for almost 18 months, despite living with her husband.
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She admitted dishonestly making the false statement to obtain the benefit when she appeared at Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court.
Denise Holland, prosecuting, said: "She failed to declare her true circumstances. She had started a course as a student and had a low income so thought she was entitled to some housing benefit."
The matter went to court after Corbett missed four meetings with the then-Waveney District Council for administrative penalties, claiming she never received the letters. She received £3,237 between March 21, 2016 and September 11, 2017. Corbett, who is repaying the money, was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay costs.