Benefit fraud case study: Partner lived at home in secret

Nicola Smeaton illegally claimed more than �64,000

Nicola Smeaton illegally claimed more than �64,000

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IN one of the biggest recent cases of benefit fraud in the Capital, Nicola Smeaton illegally claimed more than £64,000 housing benefit when her partner was the landlord.

Following a 2009 investigation by the Department for Work and Pensions, Smeaton, was sentenced to 240 hours of community service.

She claimed £64,331 as the sole tenant of a property in Parkhead Crescent, but investigators discovered that her partner was the live-in owner of the property, 
and secretly filmed them both entering and leaving the home over a period of several weeks.