8 Jun 2018

Naughty granny

A grandmother illegally claimed almost £9,000 in housing benefits from Wyre Council.

Joanna Horsley became a benefit cheat when she failed to disclose that her husband was working.

When interviewed by benefit fraud investigators, she said medical problems she had had affected her memory.

The fraud investigators then pointed out to her that she only seemed to report changes that were advantageous to her. Horsley, 45, from Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to notify a change in her circumstances.

She was sentenced to a four-week tagged curfew from 7pm to 7am and ordered to pay £85 costs with £85 victims’ surcharge.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Horsley had illegally claimed £8,820 in housing benefit between October 2015 and February last year.

She had told the authorities when her partner no longer worked for a double glazing company and he had only received carer’s allowance for her. She also informed the authorities when he had moved out of the household for a time, but she failed to disclose it when he first started work for a postal delivery firm.

Allan Cobain, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, suffered from a myriad of medical conditions and walked with a stick.


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