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£8,000 in benefits wrongly claimed by South Molton woman

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

NEARLY £8,000 in benefits were wrongly claimed by a woman who failed to notify authorities she was not living alone.

Krystle Bradford, 25, of Cooks Cross, South Molton, failed to notify the Department for Work and Pensions that she was sharing a house with her partner, Emma Bere.

This meant she was not entitled to as much Jobseeker's allowance and benefit payments as she was receiving between September 2011 and July 2012.

Bradford had wrongly claimed £3,369.70 in Jobseeker's allowance, £3,569.14 in housing benefit and £836.06 in council tax, totalling £7,674.90.

The court heard Bradford had been claiming Miss Bere was a distant relative who had only been staying at the house three times a week.

Bradford told the court she had been paying back the council tax benefit at a rate of £10 a week.

She pleaded guilty to failing to notify a change of circumstances affecting her entitlement to social security benefit and falsely making a statement to obtain a payment/benefit.

She was given a community order with 80 hours of unpaid work along with £85 costs.

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