(PRWEB UK) 3 February 2013
According to the report 23 year old, mother of one, Joanne Gibbons illegally claimed benefit but was entitled to double the amount she had been taking. Gibbons unlawfully claimed £3,140 in income support while working two jobs. She was discovered when someone tipped off the Department for Work and Pensions that she had failed to notify her change in circumstance. After she was convicted Gibbons was reassessed and told she could have claimed twice the amount in family tax credit and child benefit.
The shop assistant pleaded guilty to benefit fraud but was not given a jail sentence (case number 1200407367). Chairwoman of the bench at Macclesfield magistrate’s court, Susan Armstrong said:
“You were charged with a fraudulent claim for benefits.”
“You claimed for a sustained period of time and did this intentionally. This is taking money away from the public purse.”
Gibbons was ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work under the terms of a 12 month community order and £100 costs.
Private Detective Bristol offer corporate surveillance services that have been extremely successful in catching benefits cheats for local councils. In most cases people have been claiming benefits and working at the same time which is unfair on tax payers and people who have a genuine claim.
A spokesperson from Private Detective Bristol said:
“Benefit fraud is a serious crime and can be punishable by prison. Many people are only interested in the money and do not realise they are cheating others by this crime. Gibbons has only managed to cheat herself.”
Private Detective Bristol along with their sister company Private Detective in Birmingham is a team of highly trained professional and discreet private investigators and detectives with over 35 years’ experience in the industry. Their understanding and approachable team of male and female detectives are available 24/7 to conduct matrimonial, corporate and private investigations.