Rainworth woman wrongly claimed £3,700 Benefits

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A woman who denied living with a man, dishonestly claimed £3,763 in benefits, a court heard.

Tanya Rowland (26), formerly of Oak Drive, Blidworth, and now of Lime Tree Place, Rainworth, was found out by social security investigations, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

An allegation was received in July 2008 that she was living with Jeremy Senior who was in employment, said Nicholas Berry, prosecuting.

His employers had his address as that of Rowland’s and his driving licence showed the same address.

The court heard the couple had a child together.

Rowland had been overpaid £2,257 in housing and council tax benefit and £1,506 in income support. She admitted the offences.

The court heard she was due to give birth to her third child later this year.

Judge Andrew Hamilton told her: “When caught out you foolishly lied but then admitted he was your partner.”

The judge conditionally discharged her for two years and ordered her to pay £600 court costs, in addition to the benefit repayments she would have to make.