A benefits cheat who swindled taxpayers out of £21,000 has said: “I can’t see why people are angry.”
Linzy Greaves, 25, of Bolsover, illegally claimed the handouts as a single parent – even though her children had been taken into care.
She narrowly escaped prison when she appeared at Chesterfield magistrates’ court this month – but has been ordered to repay the cash.
Readers have contacted the Derbyshire Times to tell of their disgust at Greaves’ crime.
But speaking to us this week, she said: “I can’t see why people are angry.
“There are worse folk out there – murderers and paedophiles.
“I don’t mind if people are having a go – it doesn’t bother me.”
Asked if she was ashamed of her actions, Greaves replied “no” but quickly added: “I am.
“Nobody should do it.”
A message posted on Greaves’ personal Facebook page last week said she would not repay “a penny” of the cash she conned out of taxpayers’ pockets, adding: “Someone has to rinse the w**k Government, don’t they?”
However, unemployed Greaves said she did not post the message and insisted her Facebook account had been hacked.
She added she would pay back the money.
Magistrates heard Greaves, formerly of Sutton Hall Road, Carr Vale, pleaded guilty to failing to declare a change in circumstances after her children had been taken into care.
A joint investigation by Bolsover District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions found Greaves claimed income support, housing benefit and tax credits as a lone parent between April 2010 and April 2013.
Greaves was given a four-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to wear an electronic tag between 8pm and 7am for 12 weeks.
On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page, Kara Watts said: “I think she needs to grow up. She’s got kids and they deserve better than this. I don’t feel for her, I feel for the kids.
“She should do time for theft.”
Kelly Flowers added: “This makes me sick – she deserves everything she gets!”
Andy Slack asked: “How come an MP can overclaim by more than twice that amount and write it off as a ‘mistake’?”
Those who suspect anyone of committing benefit fraud are urged to contact Bolsover District Council on 01246 242444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, call the Department for Work and Pensions on 0845 608 8521.