A BINGO loving benefit cheat stole £58k claiming she was disabled while working as a supervisor in a shop.
Jennifer Watson, 54, of Appleby Close, Widnes, worked at the Co-op store in Frodsham for four years between 2003 and 2007, while claiming thousands of pounds for housing and council tax benefits, incapacity benefit, income support and higher rate disability living allowance.
Appearing at Warrington Crown Court on Friday, June 26, she was given a 24 week prison setence, suspended for two years, a two month supervision order and a curfew.
Roy Paul, North West fraud operations manager, said: “In addition to the sentence imposed by the court, we will now take steps to recover the benefit falsely obtained, to ensure that Ms Watson does not benefit from her criminal activity.
“This is an excellent example of our success at tackling benefit fraud and the sentence imposed illustrates the seriousness of the crime.”
Watson, who pleaded guilty to seven counts of failing to report a relevant change in circumstances, first claimed income support legitimately in 1995, but seven years later was claiming for housing and disability benefits, and said she suffered from angina, panic attacks and severe arthritis.
In her application she claimed she “dreams of going to bingo but has no one to take her” and said “I fall over even if I try to walk one step. I think my life has come to an end.”