Benefit fraud living with partner

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A TIP-OFF led benefit fraud investigators to a mother who was living with the father of her child, a court has been told.

Claire Hudson, a 26-year-old nail technician, of Courtfield Avenue, Bispham, admitted three offences of failing to notify a change in circumstances.

The offences came to light after a member of the public contacted the authorities and passed on details of the allegations which happened last year.

But Hudson’s solicitor said his client’s partner had not been living at her home permanently at the time of the offences.

Hudson was fined £105 and ordered to pay £45 costs and £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Paul Foster, prosecuting, said investigators received information from a member of the public that Hudson was living with a man.

It was subsequently discovered Hudson was living with her partner and it emerged that he was working.

From January to July last year Hudson illegally claimed £5,625 in income support, housing and council tax benefits.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, was paying back £40 a month.

At the time of the offences Hudson’s partner slept only two nights a week at her home while he was visiting his son.

The court was told her partner’s only financial contribution to the household amounted to maintenance he already paid for the child.

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