Riddings mum in £3,500 benefits fraud

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A RIDDINGS mum fiddled more than £3,500 worth of benefit by pretending she was a lone parent, a court was told.

Karen Springthorpe claimed income support and housing and council tax benefit following separation from her partner.

But, when the couple were reconciled, she failed to inform the authorities that they were living together again.

As a result, Springthorpe (40) was overpaid a total of £3,592.74, Chesterfield magistrates were told.

Springthorpe, of High Street, Riddings, admitted failing to declare the change in personal circumstances between August of last year and 31st January.

The justices said this type of offence ‘undermined the whole benefit system’ and ordered her to do 40 hours unpaid work, with £100 costs.

Springthorpe told probation officer Hannah Quigley that the relationship ended because of her partner’sinfidelity.

“They were reconciled last August and she continued claiming while she determined whether the relationship was viable.

“She said she did this to maintain her independence should the relationship not work out, rather than being motivated by personal gain,” said Ms Quigley.

She added that Springthorpe was working as a cleaner and not currently claiming any benefit.