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Former Croxley Green benefit fraudster, Celine Astier, given unpaid work penalty
A former Croxley Green resident whose benefit fraud offences totalled £60,000 has been ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work after appearing at St Albans Crown Court.
Celine Astier, formerly of New Road, had been claiming Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit on the basis of being a single parent. In actual fact she had been financially supported by her employed partner for three years.
Astier had previously pleaded guilty to the benefit fraud offences on August 1, 2013.
The Court had previously heard that fraud investigators from Three Rivers District Council and the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) had obtained evidence to prove the benefit fraud.
Before passing sentence, Judge John Plumstead said that Astier had an obligation to report her true circumstances but had deliberately chosen not to do so and described her actions as shameful.
Taking into account her previous good character, Judge Plumstead sentenced Astier to do 200 hours unpaid work and supervision order which was to be completed within 12 months.
Proceedings are in place to recover the money overpaid to Astier.
To report suspected fraud, call 0800 458 9200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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