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23 May 2017

"Single" parent in £30k benefit fraud

A cheating mum was exposed for swindling almost £30,000 in benefits when her secret lover applied for a parking permit at her home.

Single parent Menna Bowden, 32, insisted her partner lived with his mother elsewhere.

But she was unmasked as a liar when investigators spotted him “coming and going” at her home during overnight stays in Swansea, Wales.

Swansea Crown court heard between June 2014 and March 2016 Bowen received £5,285 in income support, £8,003 in housing benefit, and £15,833 in tax credits she was not entitled to.

Recorder Timothy Petts said: “I am sure everyone in the community would like extra money to get along in life – we all have financial pressures. Benefits are there for people in need, they are not free money.”

Bowden pleaded guilty to three counts of benefit fraud.

She was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to complete a rehabilitation course.

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