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8 Nov 2019

Dog owner was benefit fraudster

A dog owner who claimed she could not walk fleeced £16,000 in disability benefits despite showing off her pooch at Crufts, a court heard.

Dawn Gregory, 56, said she could only move 20 yards at a time following a brain hernia.

But the prize-winning Kennel Club-registered breeder was filmed briskly trotting her pedigree keeshond at the dog show.

Lincoln crown court heard she was listed with the Department for Work and Pensions as suffering headaches, neck and shoulder pain, weakness to her left side and mini-strokes.

But investigators found she was well enough to breed dogs at her £300,000 home in Kettlethorpe, Lincs, and to attend shows, and prosecuted her. The court heard her medical condition was not in dispute.

But prosecutors said she claimed £16,719 at an enhanced rate she was clearly not entitled to.

She admitted benefit fraud and got an eight-week jail term, suspended for a year, and a three-month electronically monitored night-time curfew.

The confiscation of £16,719 of assets was ordered.

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