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Penzance woman pleads guilty in £4,500 benefits case

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: July 23, 2013

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A MADRON woman has pleaded guilty to receiving more than £4,500 in benefits after failing to notify Cornwall Council of a change in earnings.

Deborah Rodger, aged 48, pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court on Friday 19 July 2013 to two counts of failing to promptly report to Cornwall Council that her earnings had increased.

She was handed a 12 month conditional discharge after magistrates heard she had received £4,579.44 she wasn't entitled to.

Mrs Rodger was also ordered to pay £100 towards the Council’s investigation and legal costs.

The overpaid benefits are being recovered by Cornwall Council separately from the Court action.

A spokesperson said: "Cornwall Council operates a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to fraud and corruption. If you suspect fraud is occurring we would be happy to talk to you on our confidential fraud hotline. Call us on freephone 0800 7316125."

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  • josdave  |  July 23 2013, 8:32PM

    Not a bad deal £4,579 for £100 costs. What are the courts playing at? She should have been made to pay it all back.