Derbyshire benefits scrounger swindled taxpayers out of £3k

Picture: PA Wire
Picture: PA Wire

A benefits scrounger has admitted swindling taxpayers out of more than £3,000.

A joint investigation by Bolsover District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions found that Tina Evans had falsely claimed housing benefit and income support totalling £3,200 between November 1, 2012 and April 17, 2013 after failing to declare she had moved into another address with a working partner.

Evans, 42, of Thickley Close, Shirebrook, pleaded guilty and was sentenced for dishonestly failing to declare a change in circumstances when she appeared at Chesterfield magistrates’ court on Wednesday.

Evans must wear an electronic tag between the hours of 7pm and 7am until July 7.

In addition to the curfew, she was ordered to repay the falsely-claimed money at a rate of £10 every fortnight.

• Do you suspect someone is committing benefit fraud? Call the Department for Work and Pensions on 0800 854440.