Weight loss consultant’s benefits fraud

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A woman worked helping people to lose weight while fraudulently claiming thousands of pounds in housing and council benefits.

Gillian Calvesbert, 53, committed the benefit fraud after taking on a second job and failing to tell Wyre Council of her change in circumstances.

Calvesbert, of Stricklands Lane, Stalmine, had been claiming housing and council tax benefits based on earnings from part-time work as a cleaner.

But she then took on work, on a self-employed basis, working as a weight loss consultant.

This saw her overpaid £7,699 in housing and council tax benefits between April 2012 and March 2013.

Wyre Council launched an investigation following a tip off and found that Calvesbert had also begun working as a self-employed Cambridge Weight Plan consultant.

She had failed to declare these extra earnings, which averaged around £200 per week.

Calvesbert appeared at Blackpool Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to one offence of benefit fraud.

She was ordered to pay a fine of £150 and costs of £360 plus £20 victim surcharge.

Wyre Council is now recovering the overpaid money directly from her.