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A Southampton-based woman has been jailed for 9 months after fraudulently claiming she was single, stealing £109,000 in benefits and tax credits.

For seven years in succession, 32 year old Kathryn Hampton claimed that she was a single parent, but was in fact living with her husband at the time, who should have been declaring his income on her tax credit claims. HMRC investigators discovered evidence that the pair were living together, along with finding a joint Facebook account, utility bills with both names printed on and an anniversary card from Kathryn to her husband.

Director of Benefits and Credit Operations, HMRC, Louise Boyle said:

“Anybody who hasn’t told us they are living with a partner should contact us straight away. We encourage anyone with information about this type of fraud to call the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440.”

After fraudulently claiming £15,652.99 in income support, £26,001.56 housing benefit, £5,422.14 council tax benefit, and £62,722.99 child tax credits, Kathryn Hampton was found guilty after a six day trial at Southampton Crown Court. Despite denying allegations of fraud, she was sentenced to nine months jail time on Thursday 9th April.