A Bedford woman who failed to declare her husband’s work and bank accounts while also claiming benefits has been given a two-year rehabilitation order, will have to undertake 200 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to repay all of the money stolen.
Hena Uddin, 34, of Hurst Grove, appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court on Friday, August 1 and pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dishonestly making false claims for housing and council tax benefit by failing to declare that her husband had been working, and four undeclared bank accounts. The offences came to light when council officers investigating another suspected benefit fraud seized documents from a local business which revealed that Mr Uddin was also employed there.
The court heard that between October 2010 and September 2013, Mrs Uddin stole £13,319.15 in housing benefit and £2,979.08 in council tax benefit.
Her rehabilitation order means Mrs Uddin must carry out the 200 hours’ unpaid work within two years. It also includes visits to her home by a probation officer and that she must comply with all their recommendations to rehabilitate her back into the community. Failure to do so or to complete the required hours of unpaid work will mean she could return to court, which might then decide to send her to prison.
The court also ordered Mrs Uddin to pay costs to the council of £400 and a victim surcharge of £20.