Benefit fraud on holiday

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A pensioner spent long holidays in Goa where she would draw her state benefits from the cash machine.

For three years on the trot Mary Loder would spend five months a time in Goa where – Blackpool Magistrates heard – her husband is living.

But she should have told the Department of Work and Pensions and Blackpool Council about her long stay trips abroad because they would have affected payments to her.

Pam Smith said that as a result she was overpaid £6,989 in Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.

Loder, 72, of Dale Street, Blackpool, admitted five offences of deliberately failing to inform the authorities of a change in her circumstances.

Loder was placed on a seven-day curfew from 8pm to 7am and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge.

She is paying back the benefits on a weekly basis.