A woman who falsely claimed more than £2,500 in benefits over a period of almost a year after lying about her job has been spared jail.
Laura Thomas, of Rutland Avenue, pleaded guilty to two counts of benefit fraud at Preston Magistrates Court. The 33-year-old was given a 12-month conditional discharge.s On Wednesday, the court heard she claimed the money in council tax and housing benefits on the basis of being unemployed before informing the council she had started a new job in June 2013. However, an investigation revealed the care assistant had been working since October 2012. As a result, she was overpaid £2,726 in benefits between October 2012 and August 2013. She was also ordered to pay £395 in costs by the judge. Wyre Council has said it will now attempt to recover the overpaid money directly from Thomas.