Barnsley benefits cheat claimed £17k

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A benefits cheat said she did not declare she was married because her husband was gay - and she did not consider them to be a real couple, a court heard.

Mum-of-three Julie Matthews, aged 48, narrowly escaped jail after she admitted dishonestly claiming £17,541 in benefits.

She was ordered to pay back the money at a rate of £19 a week - which will take her 17-and-a-half years.


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