Rugby woman from Lawford Lane fined for £9,000 benefit fraud

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A RUGBY woman who cheated the benefits system out of more than £9,000 has been fined £150.

Marilyn Bunting, 64, of Lawford Lane, Rugby, pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to report a change in her circumstances.

Rugby Borough Council reviewed her claim for benefit in December 2011 and discovered that changes in her wages and a change of employment for her husband had not been reported when the changes occurred. This resulted in an overpayment in excess of £9,000.

The court heard that Bunting pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and had repaid the overpayment.

As well as being fined £150, Bunting was also ordered to pay costs of £311 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Adam Norburn, head of resources at Rugby Borough Council, said: “The council is determined to find and prevent abuse of the benefits system and will take appropriate action to protect public money.

“However, help is always available for people who are genuinely entitled to receive benefits. I would urge anyone that feels they may be entitled to benefits to contact the council for help and advice.”