INVESTIGATIONS carried out by Huntingdonshire District Council’s fraud team uncovered four serious cases of benefit fraud, the council said today.

INVESTIGATIONS carried out by Huntingdonshire District Council's fraud team uncovered four serious cases of benefit fraud, the council said today.

Gariyaki Garande (33) of High Street, Sandy, Susan Hodson (50) of Blenheim Way, Yaxley, James Kirk (55) of West Avenue, Ramsey and Shirley McEwan (46) of Montague House, Eynesbury had all pleaded guilty at earlier hearings to providing false information to obtain benefit or reductions in their council tax.

A total of over £26,000 was stolen from HDC by the four who were dealt with at Huntingdon Magistrates court last Tuesday (July 12).

Magistrates handed out punishments ranging from community work to a 6-month suspended sentence.

INFORMATION: If you know of someone who is claiming benefit when they are not entitled to it, you can call the fraud hotline anonymously on 01480 388188, or e-mail fraud.team@huntsdc.gov.uk