Pair prosecuted for housing fraud

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Northampton Borough Council is reminding people of the dangers of making false applications for social housing after two women from Northampton were prosecuted for separate housing fraud offences.


The cases, which were both heard at Northampton Magistrate’s Court on Monday 16 February, saw both offenders ordered to each pay fines of £500, costs of £500 and £50 victim surcharges.

In one case, a 40-year-old woman was prosecuted following a Northampton Borough Council investigation which found that as well as being allocated a council property in Northampton, she also had tenancy of a council flat in London. The woman was prosecuted under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act – the council’s first prosecution under the new act.

In the second case, a 31-year-old woman was prosecuted under the Housing Act after making an application for housing in Northampton and failing to declare that she owned a property in London ...

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