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Former councillor admits benefits fraud

A former Kingston councillor has admitted falsely claiming more than £3,600 in benefits.

Timothy Dennen, aged 57, of York Road, Kingston, pleaded guilty to seven offences when he appeared before Lavender Hill Magistrates today including making false statements to obtain Council Tax Benefit and failing to tell the Council about changes to his circumstances which affected his claim.

An earlier court hearing was told that the offences were committed between January 2008 and June 2010 and that Dennen had repaid the £3,611.70 money he was overpaid.

Dennen is due to be sentenced next month at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court. 

Councillor Rowena Bass, chair of Kingston Council’s Audit Committee, said: 

“We work hard to counter fraud in Kingston and we will take action against anyone who cheats the public purse. Nobody is above the law.”