Benefits cheat caught out by soldier’s leave

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A soldier’s wife became a benefits cheat when she let her husband stay at the family home while he was on leave from Afghanistan.

Blackpool Magistrates Court heard how Leah Holyoake, who is separated from her husband, illegally claimed almost £8,000 in benefits.

Holyoake, 27, of Larkholme Lane, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to three offences of failing to notify a change in circumstances between July 2011 and March last year.

Holyoake was found to have access to her husband’s bank account and paid for Sky television.

She illegally claimed a total of £7,874 in income support, housing and council tax benefits and was given a two years conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85.

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