Benefit cheat falsely claimed £20,000
4:42pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A BENEFIT cheat has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work after netting almost £20,000 by falsely claiming her partner had left her home.
At Bolton Magistrates Court Linda Burns, aged 51, of Shambank Walk, Bolton, pleaded guilty to making false statements on January 9 and October 12 2009 to obtain housing and council tax benefits and obtaining Jobseekers Allowance by making false statements on February 26 and May 8 2009 as well as January 10 2011.
She was overpaid a total of £19,740.75 she was not entitled to.
Magistrates sentenced her to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and she will be subject to supervision for 12 months.
They also decided she should do 200 hours unpaid work and attend the Woman’s Supervision Centre for 12 days.
She was also ordered to pay £436 prosecution costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
Steps are being taken to ensure she pays back the money she was wrongly paid.