Successful prosecution proves benefit fraud doesn't pay

A man who falsely claimed housing benefit and council tax benefits has been sentenced to a 12 month community order including carrying out 160 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay a total of  £4,353 after pleading guilty to five charges.

An investigation by Wycombe District Council’s Fraud Team found that around January 2017, Jamie Bailey – also known as Jamie Stenning – began making a series of false claims that resulted in him fraudulently claiming £1,768 in discretionary housing payments, £132.66 in council tax reduction and £33.17 in single person’s council tax discount.

In addition to the community order, Mr Bailey, now of Eastwood Court, Marlow, was ordered by the Wycombe Magistrates’ Court to pay compensation of £1,768, prosecution costs of £2,500 and a victim surcharge of £85.00. He paid £2,500 after the court hearing on Friday 22 December and was ordered to pay the rest at a rate of £100 per month. In line with standard practice, Mr Bailey has the right appeal the court decision.

This prosecution is part of the Council’s clampdown on fraud. Other recent prosecutions, which have resulted in fines and recovered costs of thousands of pounds, include cases against illegal outbuildings being rented out and people making fraudulent applications for social housing.  

If you think someone is committing fraud, please report your suspicions to the Corporate Fraud Team by freephone on 0800 015 8995 or by email to fraud.investigations@wycombe.gcsx.gov.uk. All calls and emails are treated in the strictest confidence.