Successful prosecution for fraudulent claim

​Date: 24/07/2015

PR 5018

Wakefield Council is warning people it will take a tough stance on fraudulent compensation claims after successfully prosecuting a woman at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on July 23.

The woman pleaded guilty to submitting a false personal injury claim to Wakefield Council to obtain a compensation payment.

 She was fined £265, with a surcharge of £27 and costs of £300, after her guilty plea was taken into consideration. She claimed she had suffered an injury to her leg after tripping on a paving stone, a claim which the Council’s prosecutors proved was false.

 Cllr Graham Stokes, the Council’s Cabinet Member for modern public services, said: “This case shows how seriously we take fraudulent claims which drain much-needed money from public services. We will not tolerate any false claims and, where necessary, will pursue them through the courts.”