Marlon Morrison, of Southfield Road, Oxford, claimed £9,000 over a two year period which he was not entitled to.
After pleading guilty, the defendant was sentenced to a 12 month Community Order, which includes 60hrs unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £500 towards the Council’s costs.
Following a number of suspicious claims from the property in Southfield Road, Oxford, it was identified that Mr Morrison had submitted claims for housing benefit indicating that he lived in a self-contained flat within the property.
Evidence was obtained which indicated that during the whole time of his alleged occupancy he was in fact residing at an address in London.
Councillor Ed Turner, Executive Board Member for finance, asset management and public health said, "This sentence sends a strong message to anyone considering making a false claim for housing benefit. Nobody in need of help should hesitate to apply for support, but it is essential to be entirely honest and accurate when making a claim, and fraud will be heavily punished by the courts."
If you have any suspicions about Housing Fraud this should be reported to the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440 or via the GOV.UK website.
Suspected fraud in respect of Council Tax Reduction or Single Person Discount should be reported on 01865 252333 or on-line at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Oxford City Council mobile app.
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