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The following successful fraud prosecutions are the result of work by officers to bring people who cheat the housing benefit and council tax reduction schemes to justice.

People fraudulently claiming housing benefit or council tax reduction are stealing money from all of us.

Misheck Manyange and Abigail Manyange 22 May 2013

On 22 May 2013, at Aylesbury Magistrates Court, Misheck Manyange and his wife, Abigail Manyange, were sentenced after both had pleaded guilty to 12 charges of fraud at an earlier hearing.

Mr and Mrs Manyange had been claiming Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from an address in Abercromby Avenue. A thorough investigation by WDC's Investigation Team showed that, between 2009 and 2011, both had carried out paid work on numerous occasions without notifying the Council's Benefit Team. Each time that this happened they committed a criminal offence which resulted in the 12 charges against each of them.

As a result of their fraud, they obtained over £21,000 in benefits that they were not entitled to.

They were sentenced to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work each and ordered to pay WDC £4,000 in costs.

Repayment of the fraudulently obtained benefit is being sought.

Agne-Nelly Barwendere 25 July 2012

On 25 July 2012 at Aylesbury Crown Court, Miss Agne-Nelly Barwendere of Lancaster Road, High Wycombe was sentenced after earlier pleading guilty to two charges of Benefit Fraud.

She had been claiming Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Income Support as a lone parent. However, a joint investigation by the Investigation Teams of Wycombe District Council and the Department for Work & Pensions uncovered that she had, in fact, had her partner living with her since 2007 and that the partner was working.

As a result of this fraudulent claim, from November 2007 to November 2011, Miss Barwendere had been paid over £40,000 in Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit that she was not entitled to.

She was sentenced to 30 months in prison suspended for two years.

Repayment of the fraudulently obtained benefit is being pursued as a separate matter.

Maureen Dolloway 3 July 2012

On 3 July 2012 at Wycombe Magistrates Court, Maureen Dolloway of Wayside, High Wycombe was sentenced after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to three charges of benefit fraud.

Miss Dolloway was claiming housing benefit, council tax benefit and incapacity benefit but a full investigation by Wycombe District Council (WDC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) showed that she had, actually, been working throughout her claim. She worked for the National Society For Epilepsy and had not declared this in her claim for benefits.

As a result, from June 2008 to August 2011, she had been paid over £24,000 in benefits that she had not been entitled to .

At court she was given a 12 month Community Order plus a four month curfew and was ordered to be tagged for that period.

Recovery of the fraudulently obtained benefit is being pursued as a separate matter.

Amy Evans 13 June 2012

On 13 June 2012 at Wycombe Magistrates Court, Amy Evans of Hithercroft Road was sentenced after earlier pleading guilty to three charges of benefit fraud.

Miss Evans had been claiming housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support based on her declaring that she was a single parent.

However, an investigation carried out by the investigation teams of WDC and The DWP showed that she had, in fact, had her partner living with her since December 2010. Her partner, Darren Woolgar had been in full time work throughout.

As a result, from 13 December 2010 to 26 February 2012, Evans obtained over £6,000 in housing and council tax benefit that she was not entitled to.

At court she was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay £100 in costs.

Repayment of the fraudulently obtained benefit is being pursued as a separate matter.

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