By Carl Jackson Wednesday 21 August 2013 Updated: 29/08 08:10
A WOMAN has avoided jail after dishonestly claiming more than £26,000 in benefits.
Clair Jamison from Charford was handed a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to pay £100 costs at Redditch Magistrates Court last Wednesday (August 14).
The 38-year-old of Enfield Close admitted to fraudulently claiming income support, housing benefit and council tax support totalling £26,630.98 between July 2008 and December 2011.
Jamison represented herself as a lone parent when she was in fact living with a partner.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) launched an investigation after identifying undeclared work.
However, during the probe, the inspector became suspicious of more serious offences and invited Bromsgrove District Council to join the investigation when it emerged Jamison was not living alone.
Following the conviction, the council along with the DWP are recovering overpaid benefits through their own methods.
A spokesperson for Bromsgrove District Council said: "This case shows both the importance of anybody claiming housing benefit and/or council tax support to declare their true circumstances and the consequences of not doing so, and the benefits of co-operation and joint working between the organisations involved."
Anyone wishing to report a suspicion of benefit fraud can visit www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/fraud or call 01527 881 221.
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