A BENEFITS cheat has been told to pay back £5,000 of benefits illegally claimed over eight months.
Jayne Goodyer, aged 36, of Moorfield Avenue, Bolsover, was found guilty of benefits fraud after she was paid income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit because she claimed to be a single mother living alone.
But a probe by Bolsover District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions revealed she was living with an employed partner while claiming benefits between July 2009 and March 2010.
Goodyer was given a three-year conditional discharge at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court and officers have told her to repay the money.
Bolsover Council cabinet member Coun Duncan McGregor said: “I honestly do not know why people think they can get away with this kind of behaviour.
“We do all we can to help those in need in our communities, and then you get a minority who think they can do and take what they want.
“The defendant had months to tell us she was living with someone who was employed, but she chose not to. She was breaking the law and must face the consequences.”