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Couple from Zelah deny income support and benefit fraud

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: February 23, 2014

A ZELAH couple have been accused of income support and housing benefit fraud.

At Truro Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, Russell Williams, 55, and Nicola Ryan, 43, both of Chapel Crescent, indicated not guilty pleas to the charges.

Williams is accused of dishonestly failing to disclose to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) between September 2008 and October 2012 that he was maintaining a common household with Ryan.

He is accused of using a false address in an application to the DWP for a social fund loan on July 19, 2010.

He also faces two charges of dishonestly failing to tell Cornwall Council that he was living with Ryan, on September 17, 2009 and between July and October 2012.

Ryan face a charge of dishonestly failing to tell Cornwall Council between July and October 2012 that she was living with Williams.

She is accused of the same charge in relation to the DWP between September 2008 and October 2012.

Magistrates sent the case to Truro Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on March 21 and granted both defendants unconditional bail.

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