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27 Mar 2017

Benefit claimant hid £250k divorce settlement

A WOMAN who pocketed £250,000 in her divorce settlement and sneakily claimed £27,000 in benefits has been spared jail.

Assa Brown was paid £21,731 in housing benefit, £2,233 in council tax benefit and £3,114 in jobseeker’s allowance while renting out a posh flat for £1,000 a month.

She had lawfully claimed benefits for the first time in October 2010, saying she was single and had a child in the household. But this became fraudulent one month later when she received her huge divorce pay-out, Warwick Crown Court was told.

The law graduate used her pay-off to buy the flat in Kingston-upon-Thames.

She admitted failing to notify a change in circumstances and making false statements to obtain benefits from 2010 to 2014.

Brown, 50, of Warwick, was jailed for four months, suspended for two years.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told her: “Every day you knew you were receiving money to which you were not entitled.”

So far, Brown has repaid £4,640.

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