Mother’s benefit fraud shame

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A MOTHER-of-six had £128,000 in credits going through her five bank accounts while she drew benefits.

Blackpool magistrates heard how Audrey Carr also owned two houses in the town at the same time.

The 44-year-old, of Lunedale Avenue, South Shore, admitted two charges of failing to disclose a change in her circumstances to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) – firstly her capital in the bank and secondly that she was working.

Michael Woosnam, prosecuting, said the offences took place between November 2008 and April 2009.

He said Carr failed to tell the DWP, which was paying her income support, she was working 16 hours a week.

He said an investigation into her finances and property ownership revealed a mortgage company had paid £87,000 into her accounts which she did not disclose.

He said she opened up five bank accounts and moved money around the accounts. The accounts showed payments of £41,000 from an insurance firm which she did not disclose.

In interview she claimed not to own property but rent.

One interview she attended with a man she said was her brother but was in fact her ex husband.

John McLaren,defending,said his client knew she had done wrong but had been deceived into signing documents by the late brother who he said was the mastermind of what had gone on. She was ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work for the community and pay £300 costs.

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