Benefits cheat given community service

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A mother cheated the benefits system when she failed to revealed extra income coming into the household.

Karen Gilliard, 40, of Birchway Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to notify a change in circumstances.

She was sentenced to do 40 hours unpaid work for the community and pay costs of £100 plus £40 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Lee Petrak, prosecuting for Blackpool Council, said Gilliard illegally claimed £3,639 in housing and council tax benefits between December 2010 and January.

She had failed to tell the council of any increase in her wages from the Army and Navy store, that she had taken a second job and that she had then gone full-time at McColls shop.

Hugh Pond, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, might lose her job as a result of the offences and this would have catastrophic consequences for her family.

She was now repaying what she owed at £50 per month.

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