Mum is convicted of benefit fraud worth nearly £2,000

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A mother-of-three has been found guilty of benefit fraud totalling nearly £2,000.

Jamie Leigh Morgan, 34, of Great Meadow, Astley Village, had denied falsely obtaining housing benefit and council tax benefit when she appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard she made a legitimate claim to Chorley Council for help with her rent and council tax payments.

But when she started a new job, she failed to notify the council immediately of overtime work and a productivity bonus from her employer.

Magistrates were told she did eventually tell the council she was working extra hours, but only after several months.

Morgan was handed a 12-month community order with supervision, fined £25 and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

Steps are being made to recover the money.

Coun Graham Dunn, who oversees benefits payments for the council, said: “It is very important that people let us know immediately of any changes in their circumstances to prevent an overpayment of benefit.

“Ms Morgan left it several months before she told us and now she not only has to repay that overpayment, she also has a criminal conviction.”