A HAYES woman has been prosecuted after claiming benefits totalling almost £45,000 while working full-time at a care centre.
Nasra Aden, 56, of Austin Road, Hayes, was given a six-month suspended prison sentence and a four-month curfew order after admitting to the fraud at Isleworth Crown Court. She will also have to repay the money in full.
She was caught out by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), working in partner-ship with Hillingdon Council, after comparing data and finding that she was claiming council tax and housing benefits despite working more than 40 hours a week at the Coppermill Care Centre, in Summerhouse Lane, Harefield.
Last year, officers at the Department for Work and Pensions caught 56,493 cheats, and more than £7million was recovered by the Fraud Investigation Service.