Benefits mum was overpaid
A MOTHER who was overpaid more than £6,000 in benefits has been handed a community order.
Amanda Mansfield, aged 50, claimed income support from March 2, 1999 on the basis she was a lone parent and had no savings.
But evidence came to light Mansfield had more than £16,000 stashed in two bank accounts, North Staffordshire magistrates heard. She was overpaid £6,475.93 between October 2005 and September 2011.
In her interview, Mansfield said the money was being held on behalf of her mother and she hadn't considered it to be her money.
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Mansfield, of Vivian Road, Fenton, admitted failing to notify a change of circumstances affecting her entitlement to income support. Her plea was on the basis there was no dishonesty.
Magistrates sentenced Mansfield to a community orderwith supervision and a requirement to complete the benefit fraud workbook programme. She must also pay £85 costs.