A BENEFIT cheat who pocketed more than £8,000 in illegal claims has been ordered to carry out 200 hours community service by magistrates.
Jo-Anne Such, 39, of Kingsley Walk, Winsford, had been secretly living with her partner while picking up housing and council tax benefit and Income Support as a single person over a two year period.
And she must repay every penny of the £8,080.87 owed to Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
At Northwich Magistrates Court on Monday, Such was told she must complete the 200 hours unpaid work within 12 months or risk a more severe sentence.
She pleaded guilty last month to failing to notify the former Vale Royal Borough Council and the DWP of a change of her circumstances ‘that she knew would affect her entitlement to benefit’.
The court heard she had been living with her partner since May 29, 2007, but routinely claimed benefits as if she lived alone.
A spokesman for CWaC said: “If anyone believes someone they know is claiming benefit that they are not entitled to, they can call our benefit fraud hotline on 0300 123 7030. All calls are treated in the strictest confidence.”