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Seventy benefit fraudsters claimed over £300,000 from Sutton Council
A total of 70 benefit fraudsters have been caught claiming £300,000 in Sutton.
The tricksters were caught by the council’s fraud team in between April and September this year.
Investigations resulted in 14 people being prosecuted, 21 people being cautioned and 41 having to pay administrative penalties.
The council has also collected over £13,000 in administrative penalties on top of prosecution costs and victims surcharges. In each case the council is seeking to recover money owed in full.
Councillor Richard Clifton, lead member for revenues and benefits said: “In an ideal world we’d obviously like to see that no one had committed fraud or tried to steal from the public purse.
“However, we don’t live in an ideal world and so these stats show that we are committed to ensuring benefits go to people that do need them.
“We will not stand by and watch people steal money that is not theirs in the first place and will use the full force of the law to claim every penny owed to us back so we can continue supporting our borough’s residents.”
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