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Benefit cheats ordered to pay back money

Susan Lowe, Kevin Doyle, Alan Smith, Michael Cockley and Pamela Wood lied to Southend Council to get their hands on extra money.

The fraudsters admitted their respective offences at a series of hearings in Southend Magistrates’ Court.

Andrew Moring, the Conservative councillor responsible for benefits, said the court cases proved the council was willing to track down and punish people who tried to cheat the system.

He said: “The council is committed to paying benefits to the people who are entitled to receive them.

“However, we have a duty to protect the public purse and take action against anyone committing benefit fraud.

“Benefit fraud is an offence, and, as these cases indicate, repayment of benefit is not the only action the council may wish to take.” Read More:


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