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22 Oct 2018

Benefit fraudster claimed she lived alone

A woman has appeared in court over a £48,000 benefit fraud.

Stacey Forster was put in the dock after it was found she was paid money she was not entitled to.

The 26-year-old, from Walker, claimed income support, council tax benefit and housing benefit over a number of years but had not alerted the authorities to a change in her circumstances.

She failed to inform them that she was living in the same household with a man as husband and wife, which meant she should not have received these payments.

At North Tyneside Magistrates' Court, Forster pleaded guilty to three charges of dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstances affecting her entitlement to benefits. The offences spanned periods between 2011 and 2017.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson said: "The total loss amounts to £48,000. This is someone who was not entitled to benefits and does not play fair with the benefit people. She is given money that she's not entitled to.

"She was living together with someone but has not declared that to the authorities and has received benefits to which she was not entitled. You need to notify the departments of any change in circumstances."

Magistrates decided to send the case to Newcastle Crown Court as they felt their sentencing powers were insufficient.

Forster was asked to appear at crown court on November 14 for sentence and was released on unconditional bail.

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Not hard, is it. Presumably her partner didn't notice a thing.

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