Benefit cheat gets conditional discharge
11:54am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A BENEFIT cheat has been given a conditional discharge.
Stacey Dooner, aged 28, appeared at Bolton Magistrates Court charged with failing to notify Bolton Council that her household income had increased due to her partner Layton Simpson gaining employment with the Spirit Pub Company.
She failed to notify the council between November 11, 2011 and March 22, 2012.
She also failed to notify the council that she had started working at The Brewhouse pub between November 28, 2011 and June, 28, last year.
She admitted the charges and has since been repaying the money owed.
The court heard she failed to notify the local authority as it would affect her entitlement to housing benefit and council tax benefit.
Colleen Gallagher, defending, said Dooner was embarrassed by the crimes and should have declared the changes but was struggling financially.
Chairman of the bench Alan Mather, at Bolton Magistrates Court yesterday, sentenced Dooner to a two year conditional discharge.
She was ordered to pay £300 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.