An NHS worker, who falsely claimed nearly £3,500 in benefits, has appeared in court and been fined by magistrates.

Miss K D, of Rainham Road, Chatham, appeared before Medway Magistrates Court on Monday, 17 June where she pleaded guilty to failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions that her circumstances had changed because she’d started work.

Miss D also pleaded guilty to making false claims for Jobseekers Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit by failing to declare she was working. Miss Daniel worked in the NHS flexibank.

Between February and September 2012, Miss D claimed £1,056.10 in housing benefit, £670.48 in council tax benefit and £1,761.71 in job seekers allowance, totalling £3,487.71. The investigation was carried out by officers from the Department for Work and Pensions and Medway Council. Miss D was fined £300 by magistrates.

In addition to prosecuting the claimant, Medway Council and the DWP will seek to recover the overpaid benefit. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance Cllr Alan Jarrett said: “This case sends out a strong message to all benefits claimants that we will prosecute those who abuse the system. We will also seek to reclaim any money that has been falsely claimed. “This was a good example of government and council agencies working together to ensure people don’t claim benefits they’re not entitled to. “This case shows the importance of reporting changes in circumstances promptly to avoid large overpayments and the possibility of a criminal conviction.”

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