Unpaid work for benefit fraud who falsely claimed thousands

Mildenhall burglary
Mildenhall burglary

A woman who misclaimed almost £9,000 in benefits has been ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

Rebecca Mason, 27, of Thistle Way, Red Lodge, failed to notify Forest Heath District Council and the Department of Work and Pensions when her partner moved into her home.

She pleaded guilty to failing to inform the two agencies about a change in her circumstances at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

In mitigation Jeremy Kendall said the claim had been entirely legitimate at the outset.

Mason has two young children and had been suffering from post natal depression.

The court heard that she bitterly regretted making the claim.

Mason was made subject to a community order, told to complete 100 hours of unpaid work within the next year and pay a £60 victim surcharge.

Repayment of the £8915 can be sought by Forest Heath District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.