‘Frittered away’ cash cheat in court rap

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A benefits cheat was slammed by a court for gambling away the £27,000 she claimed illegally.

Karen Pryer was described as “frittering away” the cash she cheated the public purse out of.

You frittered that money away

The wife got her hands on the money by failing to reveal to the authorities she was living with her husband who was working.

Pryer, 48, of Egerton Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to three offences of failing to notify a change in her circumstances and two offences of dishonestly making a false statement.

She was sentenced to 24 weeks’ jail suspended for 12 months, with up to 20 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service and ordered to pay £85 costs with £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Brian Horrocks, told her: “These are very serious offences involving a great deal of money out of the public purse. The money mainly went on gambling.

“You frittered that money away.”