Newcastle mum claimed more than £46,000 of benefits by pretending she was single

A mum who claimed more than £46,000 in benefits by pretending she was single has been spared jail

For eight years, Natalie Walker was paid earnings assist and given housing profit on the idea she was a lone mum or dad with no earnings.

But Newcastle Crown Court heard the 28-year-old had a long run associate, who was in employment.

Walker, of Claverdon Street, North Walbottle, Newcastle, admitted two offences of profit fraud totalling £46,865.

Prosecutor Nick Lane informed the courtroom Walker’s offending was uncovered after an nameless tip-off, which sparked an investigation.

Mr Lane stated banking and credit score settlement accounts proved Walker’s associate had been dwelling along with her and added: “Correspondence was recovered that confirmed the pair had been dwelling collectively, basically as husband and spouse, on the tackle all through the life of the declare.”

Judge Christopher Prince sentenced mum-of-three Walker, who has by no means been in bother earlier than, to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

The choose informed her: “The impression of this offending is, of course, towards the entire of society.

“We have gotten a quite simple system on this nation the place those that are incomes pay taxes. Those taxes are allotted to these much less lucky than these in employment, for the profit of themselves and for his or her households.

“The public has contempt for many who take that public cash for their very own use when they don’t seem to be entitled to it.

“Someone contacted the authorities anonymously to tell them what you had been doing.

“That maybe demonstrates the contempt those that don’t make false claims have for many who are making false claims.”

The courtroom heard Walker might have been entitled to some of the profit quantity if she had informed the reality.

Jonathan Pigford, defending, stated Walker was nonetheless a teen when she made her first profit declare and has grown as much as present constructive assist to her younger household.

Mr Pigford added: “There isn’t any proof of lavish life-style.

“She has taken full duty for her behaviour. There is real regret on her half.”

The courtroom heard Walker has entered an settlement to pay again the complete quantity that she was overpaid.


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