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Woman is sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment after admitting to £10,000 tax fraud

January 7, 2011
Posted in Fraud — Written by Geoffrey

Donna Brown, a resident of North Place, Hitchin was charged with tax fraud on 29th December 2010 after admitting claiming benefits amounting to £10,000.

Mrs Brown, who was living with her partner, failed to notify the HMRC that her partner was working between July 9, 2007 and March 7, 2010. She claimed benefits during this period citing lack of income.

It was proved that Mrs Brown claimed up to £8,295 in Housing Benefit and £2,675 in Council Tax benefit. However, she was entitled to neither of the above mentioned benefits.

Tax officials became suspicious when the amount generated from the residence registered to Mrs Brown was found to be too high. Further probes proved the fraud and Mrs Brown was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment and ordered to repay the whole amount.

Apart from the sentence, she will also have to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and contribute up to £500 towards North Herts District Council for their legal costs.

Terry Hone, portfolio holder for finance, was quoted as saying that the tax department will continue to track down fraudulent claimants and bring them to book. He also mentioned about the efforts put in by the tax officials and increased prosecution rates.

Tax fraud is a serious crime and it is hence important to adhere to the all current laws and regulations.

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