Two Worthing fraudsters who failed to declare earnings get community orders

WORTHING Council successful prosecuted two fraudsters at Worthing Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday, May 28.)

Both cases were very similar in that they concerned the allegation the defendants had failed to declare their true employment and earnings and had also failed to declare a bank account into which their wages had been paid.

Beverley Jane Alolabi, 51, of The Boulevard, Worthing, was summoned for two offences of furnishing a false document to obtain benefit and one of failing to notify a change of circumstance, contrary to the Social Security Administration Act 1992 as amended in relation to Housing and Council Tax Benefit claims with the Council.

The total overpayment was £9159.41.

Sentencing, magistrates said she had defrauded the council and therefore the matter was “serious enough for a community penalty”

Mrs Alolabi was sentenced to a community order for 12 months with a requirement for 80 hours unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay the full prosecution costs of £970.25.

Sheila Caroline Fernando, 59, of Brunswick Road, Worthing, was summoned for four offences of furnishing a false document to obtain benefit under the same act. The total overpayment in this case was £6559.35.

Mrs Fernando was sentenced to a community order for 12 months with a requirement for 80 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay the full prosecution costs of £879.75.