Wimbledon fraudster jailed

A Wimbledon resident was imprisoned for six months after becoming the latest person to be caught by Merton’s purge to root out benefit cheats.

Sonia Antonio, 34, of Gap Road, Wimbledon was found guilty at Croydon Crown Court of six different charges of false accounting on Friday August 20th.
The charges all related to fraudently claiming income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit.

Antonio was caught after a recruitment agency in New Malden contacted the fraud section at the job centre where she was signing on to inform them that she had been in their employment for over seven years.

In this period, Antonio had dishonestly claimed £19,197 in Housing Benefit, £14,371 in Income Support, and a further £3722 in council tax benefit.

Chris Johnson, Head of Audit at Merton Council said: ‘Merton is committed to reducing fraud and its councillors are firmly behind the drive to protect public funds and pursue fraudsters through the legal process.’

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Matt Rickard
PR & Press Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 3483