Watford benefit fraudster, Ashley Norwood, ordered to repay more than £17k

Watford benefit fraudster ordered to repay more than £17k

Watford benefit fraudster ordered to repay more than £17k

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A woman from Watford will have to pay over £17,000 after pleading guilty to benefit fraud.

Ashley Norwood fraudulently claimed housing benefit and Council Tax from Watford Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council between November 2011 and May 2013.

Miss Norwood, previously of Newhouse Crescent, had been claiming housing benefit and Council Tax benefit for a property in Newhouse Crescent and a property in Coates Way after giving both councils with false tenancy agreements. The housing benefit overpayment totalled £14,136 and her council tax benefit overpayment was £3,002.

Miss Norwood appeared at St Albans Magistrates Court on January 16 where she pleaded guilty to four charges of benefit fraud.

She was sentenced to 12 weeks custody, suspended for 12 months in addition to a 12 month supervision order and 12 weeks curfew between 5pm and 6am. Additionally, she has to pay costs of £250 plus a victim surcharge of £85. All overpaid benefit must also be paid back in full.

The council were alerted to the fraud after the benefits team received the tenancy agreements.

Checks were made with the landlords of both properties and it was established that both agreements were false and that Miss Norwood had no entitlement liability to claim these benefits.

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4:17pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Cuetip says...

These people are a nightmare to staff dealing with benefits causing major disruption to those who genuinely need help and is wasting taxpayers money tracking them.

Confiscating their assets would benefit society.
These people are a nightmare to staff dealing with benefits causing major disruption to those who genuinely need help and is wasting taxpayers money tracking them. Confiscating their assets would benefit society. Cuetip
  • Score: 6

5:18pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

I see the repayment and admin charge. Where's the punishment for this blatant fraud?
I see the repayment and admin charge. Where's the punishment for this blatant fraud? Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: 1

8:02pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Hairy Hornet says...

Phil Cox (UKIP) wrote:
I see the repayment and admin charge. Where's the punishment for this blatant fraud?
The sentence was 12 weeks custody supsended plus 12 months supervision, and a 12 week curfew plus £250 costs, and victime surcharge of £85 in addition to repayment of the amount of the fraud .
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox (UKIP)[/bold] wrote: I see the repayment and admin charge. Where's the punishment for this blatant fraud?[/p][/quote]The sentence was 12 weeks custody supsended plus 12 months supervision, and a 12 week curfew plus £250 costs, and victime surcharge of £85 in addition to repayment of the amount of the fraud . Hairy Hornet
  • Score: 0

8:31pm Fri 24 Jan 14

stewbyhorn says...

I bet you a tenner that she will still be housed by the council as they will be obliged to do so, that's where it all falls apart as she won't suffer from this hence why she committed fraud.
I bet you a tenner that she will still be housed by the council as they will be obliged to do so, that's where it all falls apart as she won't suffer from this hence why she committed fraud. stewbyhorn
  • Score: 7

12:41pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Nascot says...

Phil Cox (UKIP) wrote:
I see the repayment and admin charge. Where's the punishment for this blatant fraud?
Unable read now?
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox (UKIP)[/bold] wrote: I see the repayment and admin charge. Where's the punishment for this blatant fraud?[/p][/quote]Unable read now? Nascot
  • Score: -1

4:46pm Sun 26 Jan 14

paukev says...

So if this individual now gets a conviction for identity fraud, does that mean she will get her custodial sentence?
So if this individual now gets a conviction for identity fraud, does that mean she will get her custodial sentence? paukev
  • Score: 0

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