Benefits cheat is jailed

A Heanor woman has been jailed for eight months after admitting benefits fraud at Nottingham Crown Court.

Yvonne Shires, of Trinity Way, appeared in court on Thursday, March 14, to be sentenced. The offences happened while she was living in Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire.

Ian Way for Broxtowe Borough Council, said she had pleaded guilty to three offences under the Social Security Administration Act 1992 at a previous court hearing.

Two of the charges related to failing to give notification that she was living with her partner, Garry White, and one offence related to furnishing a false document. This affected her entitlement to Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Income Support totalling £33,011.29.

The court heard in mitigation that Shires was not in good health and was responsible of caring for her two adult children. She was remorseful, the court was told.

When sentencing His Honour Judge Godsmark QC took into account her early guilty plea.

She will serve half of her sentence in custody and the remainder out on licence. She will also have pay all of the money back paid to her in benefits.