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Oxfordshire benefit cheats must repay money

More than £310,000 in fraudulent benefit claims has been recovered by two Oxfordshire councils.

Investigators working for Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire's district councils found 87 people claiming money they were not entitled to.

The councils said 15 people had been prosecuted in court, 57 cautioned and a further 15 fined in the financial year 2010-11.

The money will be repaid through individual payment schemes.

More than £160,000 of benefit fraud was uncovered by South Oxfordshire District Council, while £150,000-worth was found by Vale of White Horse District Council.

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