Derby City Council has successfully prosecuted an individual for fraudulently making a false representation contrary to Sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 and also committing or assisting in the commission of fraud contrary to Section 7 of the Fraud Act 2006
On Thursday 27th September Katie Ryan-Wood entered a not guilty plea to two charges. Firstly that she committed fraud in dishonestly making a false representation, namely making a signed statement to Derby City Council that she was unintentionally homeless and in making that representation she did intend to make a gain for herself contrary to Sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 and secondly, that she supplied articles, namely letters purporting to be from Orange Door Limited trading as Blue I Properties intending them to be used to commit or assist in the commission of fraud contrary to Section 7 of the Fraud Act 2006
Trial was set for Thursday 6th December where Ms Ryan-Wood changed her plea to guilty and was sentenced and given a 2 year conditional discharge in respect of each offence to run concurrently. She was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and the Council costs in full of £940.00.
In January 2018 Katie Ryan-Wood had approached Derby Homes for housing after being evicted from her privately rented home due to rent arrears. She was found to be intentionally homeless as she had failed to maintain rent payments despite being in receipt of Housing Benefit paid to her.
Ms Ryan-Wood refuted the allegation and provided proof of rent payments made to the letting agent. The housing officer believed the documents provided may be false and referred the case to the Counter Fraud Team at Derby City Council. An investigation established that the documents supplied were not genuine but Ms Ryan-Wood continued to deny the allegations put to her.
Councillor Nicola Roulstone, Cabinet Member for Finance and Procurement said:
“We are pleased to have brought this prosecution to a successful conclusion thanks to the work of dedicated council officers. This council will ensure those making false representations will be investigated and prosecuted. We want people to understand that this kind of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
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