A MOTHER-of-three who embarked on a £20,000 benefit fraud will have to re-pay the public purse.
Sheryl Rodney, 33, of Lincoln Avenue, Cleveleys, appeared for sentence at Preston Crown Court after admitting six offences of failing to notify a change of circumstances.
The court heard Rodney had failed to notify that she was living with a partner and that she also owned a flat.
At first her partner was under investigation, but that unearthed Rodney’s criminality.
Judge Andrew Woolman sentenced Rodney to four months imprisonment suspended for two years. She will also be supervised for six months.
Judge Woolman also made a compensation order in the sum of £18,967.06 to the Department For Work and Pensions (DWP) and £1,699.69 to Wyre Council.
The judge told her: “The public purse had got to be paid back.”
He gave Rodney 12 months to pay the compensation saying maybe the only way to do that would be the sale of the flat.