TOUGH action will continue to be taken against people who claim benefit that they are not entitled to, Rushmoor Council is warning.

The pledge follows the successful prosecution of a Farnborough woman for falsely claiming more than £5,500 in housing and council tax benefit while she was working.

The mother of three admitted the offence when she appeared at Aldershot Magistrates' Court. She was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and ordered to repay the overpaid benefits and £400 in compensation to the council. This is the latest in a number of successful prosecutions by the council's benefit fraud investigation team.

Ian Harrison, Head of Revenue Services, said: "This prosecution should serve as a warning that we continue to be serious about benefit fraud and we will investigate all cases. We have a benefit fraud hotline (0800 7311955) that people can use to pass on information anonymously."