A North Derbyshire benefits cheat who swindled taxpayers out of £21,000 says she ‘can’t see why people are so angry’ with her.
Linzy Greaves, aged 25, illegally claimed single-parent handouts – even though her children were in care.
She was spared jail, but magistrates ordered her to repay the cash.
Greaves said: “I can’t see why people are angry. There are worse folk out there – murderers and paedophiles.”
A message posted on Greaves’ personal Facebook page last week said she would not repay ‘a penny’ of the cash she conned out of taxpayers’ pockets.
However, jobless Greaves, of Bolsover, insisted she did not post the message and her Facebook account had been hacked. She said she will pay back the money.
Greaves admitted failing to declare a change in circumstances after her children had been taken into care when she appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court.
A joint investigation by Bolsover District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions found Greaves claimed income support, housing benefit and tax credits as a lone parent between April 2010 and April 2013.
She was given a four-week jail term suspended for 12 months, and ordered to wear a tag between 8pm for 7am for 12 weeks.
Local mum Kara Watts said: “She needs to grow up. She has children and they deserve better than this.”