Cheam-based PR woman and life-guru found guilty of two counts of benefit fraud

Busniness owner Frempong pretended to be unemployed yet put a picture of her face on her website

Busniness owner Frempong pretended to be unemployed yet put a picture of her face on her website

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A life coach who pretended to be unemployed has been found guilty of two counts of benefit fraud.

Lydia Frempong from Cheam raked in £4,525 in Jobseekers Allowance, and claimed £520.55 in Council Tax Benefit.

An investigation by Sutton Council’s Benefits Investigation Team found she was receiving the money while working as an event organiser and life coach.

On her website Frempong is described as a confidence coach with a passion for helping young people emulate her success.

There is also reference to a press article labelling her as Britain’s most enterprising charity worker.

The fraudster founded Butterfly PR which specialises in working with celebrities, charities and corporations.

She pleaded guilty to two charges of benefit fraud at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court on Tuesday, July 15.

Frempong was sentenced to a Community Punishment Order of 110 hours of unpaid work to be completed within 12 months.

She was also ordered to pay the money back to the London Borough of Sutton and the Department for Work and Pensions.

The businesswoman was also told to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £80 towards the cost of prosecution.

Her sentencing took place at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court  on Thursday, July 17.

Speaking after the case, Councillor Nick Emmerson, lead member for Revenues and Benefit at Sutton Council said: "Thanks to our Benefits Investigation Team we found that Frempong lied in order to falsely claim thousands of pounds in benefits.

"We believe in a fair council that supports residents with the benefits they are entitled to. Ms Frempong has abused the system and must now return this money."

 

 

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12:53pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Alex_Bradford says...

"She was also ordered to pay the money back to the London Borough of Sutton and the Department for Work and Pensions. "
Now that's more like it!

But we've seen similar crimes reported on the Sutton Guardian recently, (involving dramatically higher sums), where the benefit fraudster has been allowed to keep all or most of the loot.

How come the law was applied differently for this woman? Perhaps Cllr. Nick Emmerson can tell us why some people have to repay the money and others are allowed to get away with it?
"She was also ordered to pay the money back to the London Borough of Sutton and the Department for Work and Pensions. " Now that's more like it! But we've seen similar crimes reported on the Sutton Guardian recently, (involving dramatically higher sums), where the benefit fraudster has been allowed to keep all or most of the loot. How come the law was applied differently for this woman? Perhaps Cllr. Nick Emmerson can tell us why some people have to repay the money and others are allowed to get away with it? Alex_Bradford
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