Shamed council forced to abandon £50k five-year benefit investigation

Report from the Daily Mail May 2012

Shamed council forced to abandon £50k five-year benefit investigation after admitting evidence against disabled woman, 47, was made up
Shamed council officials have been forced to drop a £50,000 benefit fraud case against a disabled woman – because evidence against her was made up.

Mandy Barratt, 47, said she lived in ‘constant dread and fear’ during a five-year inquiry into allegations that she was claiming benefits illegally.

But her battle with Basildon Borough Council, in Essex, is almost over after the authority halted the prosecution.

Council officers admitted a key whistleblower in the case had been invented by staff.

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