Newmarket woman ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work after wrongly claiming more than £25,000 in benefits

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A Newmarket woman who wrongly claimed more than £25,000 in benefits has been ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work.

Celia Ann Russell, of George Lambton Avenue, admitted failing to notify the authorities a change of circumstances which would affect her Job Seekers Allowance, and housing and council tax benefits, when appearing at West Suffolk Magistrates’ Court, Bury St Edmunds yesterday (Thursday).

The 61 year old failed to inform both the Department for Work and Pensions, regarding her Job Seekers Allowance, and Forest Heath District Council, regarding her housing and council tax, that her partner Anthony Robinson had been living with her since September 2011.

The amount of benefit overpayment to Russell was £25,824.87

In addition to the 80 hours unpaid work she was sentenced to a 12 month supervision order and ordered to attend a women’s emotional wellbeing supported activities. She was also ordered to pay £250 in costs.