Benefit fraud woman in court

A WOMAN who fraudulently claimed nearly £1,000 in housing benefit has been handed a community order.

Stella Shyanguya, 38, submitted a false tenancy agreement for a flat in Elland.

She received £912.84 in housing benefit for the property – where she never lived – from the local authority before the fraud was uncovered.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Shyanguya, of Moorcroft Avenue, Huddersfield, had paid back the majority of the money and currently owes £250.

She pleaded guilty to one count of making a false representation for housing benefit on September 18, 2009 and dishonestly furnishing a false document, the tenance agreement.

Shyanguya was sentenced to a 12-month community order with a requirement for 12 months supervision.

She also has to pay £500 costs and the remaining balance of housing benefit.