Caution for sums owed due to alleged council tax and housing benefit fraud.

Teresa Short made this Freedom of Information request to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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From: Teresa Short

Dear Neath Port Talbot Council,

I have recently been involved in a court hearing regarding alleged council tax and housing benefit fraud. I have just had a caution after being told by my solicitor that I was not guilty, would have no record and no liability for costs because what was being investigated had no substance and not been proven. I went today to have the caution because I was advised by my solicitor that there would be no monies to be payed back and that I would not have a criminal record because the only thing that could be proven was that I did not inform them that I had got married. I was not claiming any benefits at the time and Mr Mark Short who I married had not lived with me or paid anything due to us having separate living arrangements because of our volatile relationship. Before I took the decision to start co-habiting with Mark Short, I was receiving no benefits.

I want all of the information that was investigated and provided in court about me. I want to see the evidence and all of the casework that Neath Port Talbot council, Magistrates courts and Fraud Investigation service have presented from the beginning of the investigation until the end. I have consulted a solicitor in the matter who has told me that this is the first step of recieving the information that I am lawfully entitled to.

I request that you acknowledge my correspondence via email [email address] and that you send me all of the paperwork concerning the above as soon as possible

Yours faithfully,

Teresa Deeth

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