Fraudster woman, 33 claimed benefits

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A woman struggling with debts turned to fraud to ease her plight.

Wendy Wood failed to tell the authorities that she had a series of jobs whilst she claimed Housing and Council Tax benefit.

Wodd, 33, of Chester Avenue, Poulton admitted four offences of failing to declare a change in her circumstances at Blackpool Magistrates.

She was given a 24 week jail sentence suspended for a year. Mary Grimshaw, prosecuting for the council, said that during the period of the offences Wood had worked as a cook at the Sheraton Hotel, Blackpool, The Primrose Bank nursing home, Poulton and twice at the Bull Hotel, Poulton.

When she asked about work by the council she only admitted to being a self employed dog walker.

In all she received benefits totalling £20,983 to which she was not entitled.