Benefit fraud couple found guilty

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A WORTHING couple accused of benefit fraud worth tens of thousands of pounds have been found guilty.

Alison Kalick and her husband David Tongs, of Quantock Road, were found guilty of failing to declare they were living together since 2003 in three separate addresses in Stoke Abbott Road, Pavilion Road, and Quantock Road.

This led to Kalick receiving an £81,000 overpayment of benefits – though the Department of Work and Pensions and Worthing Borough Council aim to jointly retrieve £96,011.11.

Kalick, 38, was found guilty of seven counts of fraud by falsely completing benefit documents and not guilty of one count, while Tongs, 56, was found guilty of all seven counts of fraud by allowing Kalick to complete a false statement.

Judge William Wood QC adjourned the sentencing until October 25 to allow a doctor’s statement from Kalick’s GP.