Tenancy fraudster found guilty

Published: Monday, 21st October 2019

Joyce Webster (date of birth 11/12/61) of Whitworth Place was found guilty, in her absence, of two counts of tenancy fraud relating to subletting her council flat between December 2017 and August 2018, and between March 2018 and August 2018 without written consent, a breach of her tenancy.

The prosecution came about due to investigative work carried out by the City Council's Fraud Investigation Service, which forms an integral part of Oxford City Council's on-going commitment to protect public funds and ensure value for money for the local community.

This case was heard at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on 14 October. Joyce Webster did not appear in response to a summons. The Court accepted the Council's application to proceed in her absence in relation to the offences. She was found guilty on both counts and given a financial penalty of £8,531.44, which the Court will enforce.

“Subletting council property is illegal. With the shortage of council housing in Oxford, it is especially important that it goes to those most in need. Our fraud team will investigate such fraud, using a range of sources of intelligence. Those who commit tenancy fraud will be found out and prosecuted.”

Councillor Ed Turner, Cabinet Member for Finance and Asset Management.

For more, visit Oxford City Council's Fraud Investigation Service website.