Community work and costs for false council tax reduction claim

A High Wycombe woman has been sentenced to a community order of 120 hours unpaid work after dishonestly receiving a reduction in council tax.

Ms Amaria Khan, 36, formerly of Bowerdean Road, pleaded guilty to two charges contrary to the Fraud Act 2006 when she appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 11 July:

  • Between August 2013 and May 2015 dishonestly failing to disclose to Wycombe District Council (WDC) that her partner Hasnat Khan had returned to live with her at Bowerdean Road.
  • On or around 17 June 2016 dishonestly making a false representation – stating that her partner Hasnat Khan had not moved in with her at Bowerdean Road and had not lived with her since 2012.

As a result Ms Khan did not pay £3,378.39 in council tax.

On Wednesday 5 September when she appeared at the same court she was handed down the 120 hours community order which has to be completed within 12 months, and must complete 20 days of Rehabilitative Activity Requirement (RAR).

Ms Khan is also required to pay WDC’s costs of £2,159 and a victim surcharge of £85.

Cllr David Watson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said: “We want to reassure our residents that we take council tax fraud seriously and won’t hesitate to prosecute the dishonest few who choose to abuse the system.”

Residents who are aware of any suspected fraud (not just council tax fraud) are invited to contact the corporate investigations team anonymously at fraud.investigations@wycombe.gcsx.gov.uk