Benefit fraudster ordered to carry out unpaid work

Released on March 8, 2017

A woman from Didcot has been sentenced to carry out 100 hours unpaid work after pleading guilty to benefit fraud.

Kyleigh Fisher, 31, of Castle Walk, Didcot, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Friday 3 March when she admitted two charges relating to her claims for housing benefit and council tax reduction. 

Magistrates heard how Ms Fisher had failed to notify South Oxfordshire District Council that her partner had begun work.  As a result, between March 2014 and June 2016, she wrongly received more than £13,000 in benefits. 

As well as being ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work Ms Fisher was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £185 costs. 

Cllr Jane Murphy, Cabinet Member for Finance at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “If someone on benefits experiences a change in circumstance they must notify us immediately so we can check whether or not their entitlement has been affected.  Benefits are there for those who genuinely need them and we will not hesitate to take action against anyone who we suspect is playing the system.”

Notes for editors: 

Overpayments –

  • Housing benefit - £10,750.47 (31/3/14 to 30/5/16)
  • Council tax reduction - £2,322 (31/3/14 to 2/6/16) 

Sentence -

  • 100 hours unpaid work
  • fine - £200
  • Contribution to costs - £100
  • Victim surcharge - £85