Jail for Derbyshire benefit cheat who illegally claimed £37,000 over three years

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A Shirebrook woman who claimed over £37,000 in benefits she was not entitled to over a three-year period has been given an 18-week prison sentence.

Kirsty Winson, 24, of Olive Avenue, Shirebrook had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to falsely claiming benefits she was not entitled to and must also carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in addition to the prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

A joint investigation by Bolsover District Council and The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) saw Winson claim Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Income Support as a single parent between January 2010 and October 2013 while she had been living with a partner who was in employment.

She was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on October 3 for dishonestly failing to declare a change in circumstances, contrary to Section 111A(1)(a) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 and also has to repay the amounts she has falsely claimed.