Seahouses woman admits benefit fraud
A Seahouses woman has admitted dishonestly obtaining more than Â£3,000 in housing benefit and income support.
Cheryl Pringle, 27, of Brownsman Court, pleaded guilty to two separate charges of failing to notify Northumberland County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions that she had secured a job.
Berwick Magistrates’ Court heard last Thursday how the defendant had falsely claimed £3,020 between October 2015 and April 2016 while working at the Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses.
Rehana Haque, prosecuting, said there was no evidence that the defendant had notified the authorities of the change in her circumstances when she started working.
The defendant admitted: “I was given a number to call but I did not ring it in time and I am truly very sorry about that. The money is coming out of my wages every week.”
Magistrates called for pre-sentence reports and probation officer Simon Lathbury told the court that the defendant, who had no previous convictions, had shown remorse and taken steps to repay the money.
They imposed a supervision order and handed the defendant an electronically-monitored curfew for two months.
She was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.