Framlingham woman paid £32,500 in benefits without declaring savings

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A dishonest 65-year-old Suffolk woman who was paid £32,500 in benefits without declaring £86,000 in savings has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Elizabeth Carroll, of The Elms, Framlingham, admitted making false statements to obtain pension credit and housing benefit. and failing to declare a change in circumstances that would affect her Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

She was given a 24 week prison sentence suspended for two years and a 26 week curfew. She was also ordered to pay £350 costs.

Daniel Taylor, prosecuting, at Ipswich Crown Court, said the overpayment amounted to £32,547.01 between 2014 and 2017.

He said Carroll had made a valid claim for benefits in 2014 but then received £86,000, which she failed to declare.

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She was overpaid a total of £18,940 by the DWP and £13,607.01 by Suffolk Coastal District Council.

Mr Taylor said that when she was questioned by investigators Carroll accepted she had savings of £86,000 but said she had planned to use the money straight away.

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Lynne Shirley for Carroll said her client's husband had died in 201 and Carroll had sold their home.

Carroll had so far repaid £14,500 of the money.

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