Ipswich benefit cheat admits falsely claiming nearly £37,000

Benefit cheat to be sentenced

Benefit cheat to be sentenced - Credit: PA

A benefit cheat who falsely claimed around £37,000 over nearly 10 years has been told she will be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.

Rejiya Mukith, of Warwick Road, Ipswich, was told by the town’s magistrates that their sentencing powers were not sufficient.

The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to three offences when she appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

She admitted dishonesty failing to disclose to the Department of Work and Pensions that she was the owner of a capital asset when she claimed income support.

The offence occurred between January 15, 2007 and October 30, 2007.

Mukith also pleaded guilty to a second similar charge between February 2, 2008, and March 11, 2014.

The third charge related to a dishonest failure to disclose information to the DWP which led to payments of Employment Support Allowance for a Mr Mukith.

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This offence took place between March 14, 2014, and July 17, 2015.

Prosecutor Ian Allen invited the magistrates to send the matters to a higher court for sentencing as their powers were inadequate.

Mr Allen said the overpayments to Mukith totalled in the region of £37,000 and took place over a nine-and-a-half-year period.

The court was told the sentencing guidelines for the offences had a starting point of 36 weeks’ custody with a range of somewhere between a community order and 21 months’ imprisonment.

Mukith was told her case would sentenced at crown court on a date to be fixed.

A pre-sentence report was ordered. Mukith was released on bail.