Benefit cheat told to repay £7,000

From the courts
From the courts

A woman was overpaid more than £7,000 worth of benefit after failing to declare she was a care worker for the disabled.

Chesterfield Magistrates heard that Andrea Greaves committed the offence between June 2010 and November 2011.

Greaves, of Middlecroft Road, Staveley, was convicted following trial after denying failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions of a change in circumstances affecting her entitlement to benefit.

Prosecutor Helen Griffiths said she was overpaid a total of £7,021.45. The money will be directly recovered from Greaves.

Magistrates imposed an 8pm-7am curfew for 12 weeks, with £250 trial costs.

Probation officer Hannah Quigley told the court: “She maintains her innocence and is adamant a call was made informing the DWP she was employed.”

Steve Brint, for Greaves, said: “She started working for the Derbyshire coalition and maintains she made a phone call to the DWP.”