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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Ulverston woman caught making false claims for benefits

AN ULVERSTON woman who falsely claimed more than £2,000 in benefits has been fined.

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claims Kayleigh Mills claimed for benefits as a single parent while she was living with her partner

Kayleigh Mills, of Tower Street, pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to notify a change of circumstances affecting entitlement to benefit.

Mills, 24, claimed a total of £2,163.02 from December 1, 2012 to March 11, 2013, after claiming benefits as a single parent while living with her partner, Richard Irving.

The court heard how all but £874.43 had been repaid and Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, stressed that not all the money had been taken fraudulently.

She said: “This was not fraudulent from the outset.”

Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, told the court Mills had separated from Mr Irving twice but on the second occasion had notified the Department for Work and Pensions and registered as a single parent, believing the split to be permanent. During this time Mr Irving was sleeping in his car.

He said: “During the winter of 2012, which by recollection was a particularly cold winter, a very close friend of hers was found dead outside.

“Knowing her former partner and the father of her three-year-old child was sleeping in his car, she cared about him, and invited him to sleep on the sofa – they were not living together in the traditional sense to begin with.

“He offered emotional support as she was going through a difficult period with the loss of a friend but it went back to the full relationship.”

However, Mills failed to notify the DWP and after enquiries were made about Mr Irving by the DWP, the overpayment of benefits was discovered.

Mr Bob Fletcher, presiding magistrate, told Mills despite her efforts to repay the amount in full she would be fined £115, and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.

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this and all the rest of so called fraudulent claims pale into insignificance compared to what the bankers and big corporations get away with.

Posted by tony williamson on 24 February 2014 at 18:33

Amy - The Big Picture!!! The big picture is that she stole from the tax payers in this country. There is no excuse for this saying that there were circumstances behind this is rubbish. If my husband was hungry is it ok if he goes into Tesco and eats a mars bar without paying for it - no. What she did was wrong and was stealing. I am glad she is not claiming benefit anymore maybe and I hope so that she and her partner have realised you cant cheat the syatem In time you will always get caught the dwp have investigators all the time checking on claims. I am however glad she has hopefully learnt her lesson and hope this stops others from doing the same.

Posted by Karen on 24 February 2014 at 15:16

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