Benefit fraudster punished

A BENEFIT cheat who claimed £1,500 while employed has been told to do unpaid work as punishment.Kim Williams, of Heathview, Kesgrave, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court to dishonestly claiming benefits.

A BENEFIT cheat who claimed £1,500 while employed has been told to do unpaid work as punishment.

Kim Williams, of Heathview, Kesgrave, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court to dishonestly claiming benefits.

The court heard that the 25-year-old claimed £1,521 in housing and council tax benefits while working at a call centre.

She told the court she had informed the benefits agency when she started work but had not “got round” to telling Ipswich Borough Council.

She said she was on a “probationary period” at the call centre and did not know if the job would be permanent.

Magistrates followed the recommendation of a pre sentence report and ordered Williams to do 60 hours unpaid work.

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She was also told to pay £75 towards court costs.

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