Benefits Fraud – Recovered by Derbyshire Dales

Derbyshire Dales District Council has successfully recovered a housing benefit over-payment of £9,878 fraudulently claimed by a woman from Matlock.

Emma Bent, who claimed housing benefit in respect of a property in Steep Turnpike, was jailed in February 2016 for two and a half years for benefit fraud.

The District Council’s Benefits Service subsequently applied to the courts under the Proceeds of Crime Act to have her assets seized and sold in order to recover the overpayment – and the money has now been paid to the council.

A spokesperson for the District Council said:

“This is excellent news for the local taxpayer and once again demonstrates the outstanding partnership arrangements that exist between the council and the Department for Work & Pensions, the Crown Prosecution Services and the courts.

“We claimed a 40% subsidy on the recovery of the overpayments, so in effect, we have received £13,829 as a successful recovery outcome.”