By Connie Osborne Tuesday 24 September 2013 Updated: 24/09 16:16
A BATCHLEY woman will have to complete 80 hours of unpaid work after falsely claiming more than £4,500 in benefits.
Edyta Siwak, of Salters Lane, pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming housing and council tax benefits at Redditch Magistrates' Court on September 17.
The 35-year-old claimed a total of £4,604.60 between April 2012 and April 2013 after failing to she had started work through an employment agency and her partner's earning increased.
She was sentenced to a 12 month community order to include the unpaid work and ordered to pay £60 victim surcharge as well as court costs of £85.
The court was told she was already repaying the money to Redditch Borough Council.
A council spokeswoman said the case demonstrated the importance for anyone claiming benefit of reporting changes in their circumstances as they took place.
Anybody wishing to report their suspicions of benefit fraud should e-mail email@example.com or call 01527 534011.
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