Show mobile menu
Show search control
Show search control
Search Site

Buntingford fraudster has to pay back £16,000

A Buntingford resident, who dishonestly claimed council tax support and housing benefit from East Herts Council and welfare benefits from the Department for Work has been convicted of fraud.

Appearing at Stevenage Magistrates Court on Wednesday January 10 2018, Christopher Hammond, 36, of High Street, Buntingford pleaded guilty to two charges contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.

The court heard how a joint investigation between the Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service, working with East Herts Council, and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had uncovered the fact that Hammond has started work as a cleaner in a local school and failed to declare this work to both organisations.

The investigation concluded that between October 2014 and September 2016, Hammond had received £12,346 in welfare benefits in addition to £3,329 housing benefit and £670 council tax support which he was not entitled to.

Hammond pleaded guilty to both charges and received a 16-month suspended sentence in addition to 250 hours unpaid work and will have to pay back the money owed to both East Herts Council and the DWP.

Report fraud

Anyone with information about a council tax, housing benefit, housing or blue badge fraud can report it in confidence by e-mailing fraud.team@hertscc.gcsx.gov.uk or by calling the Shared Anti-Fraud Service hotline on 0300 123 4033.