Heanor Woman Guilty Of Three Benefit Offences
18/03/2013 - A Heanor woman was handed an eight month custodial sentence this month after pleading guilty to three offences under the Social Security Administration Act 1992, at Nottingham Crown Court.
Ms Yvonne Shires of Trinity Way, Heanor, Derbyshire attended a hearing on Thursday 14th March 2013 at Nottingham Crown Court before His Honour Judge Godsmark QC for plea and sentence. Ian Way from KCH Chambers represented the Council's interest. At a previous hearing, she entered a guilty plea for all three offences under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.
Two of the offences related to failing to give notification to the Council and DWP that she was living with her partner, Garry White, and one offence related to furnishing a false document. This affected her entitlement to benefits, namely Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Income Support totalling £33,011.29.
Yvonne Shires' barrister stated she is not in good health and she has the responsibility of caring for her two adult children. He went on to explain that she was remorseful and requested the Court consider suspending a custodial sentence.
When sentencing His Honour Judge Godsmark QC took into account her early guilty plea, the Probation report and the mitigation put forward by her barrister. His Honour Judge Godsmark QC sentenced Yvonne Shires to eight months custody for each of the three offences to run concurrently.
She will serve half of her sentence in custody, she will then be released on Licence for the remaining four months. She will be required to repay all of the money paid to her in benefits, I understand civil recovery will commence shortly.
For more information, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on the information provided.
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