Welfare cheat who claimed over £8k was exposed by social media posts

A welfare cheat who was illegally claiming housing benefit and income support was caught after investigators produced social media evidence.

Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 8:50 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 8:55 am
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on March 13 how Summer Ainsworth, 23, illegally claimed over £8,000 in benefits.

Sam Matkin, prosecuting, said: “This case is about Ainsworth claiming income support and housing benefit from the local authorities which she was not entitled to. She claimed on the grounds of being a lone parent.”

Mr Matkin added evidence became available that Ainsworth failed to declare a change in that she was living with a partner who was working. Ainsworth denied living with a partner but evidence was produced from social media, according to Mr Matkin, and she asked for the interview to be stopped.

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Ainsworth pleaded guilty to failing to notify High Peak Borough Council that she was living with a partner while claiming housing benefit between May, 2015, and January, 2016. She also pleaded guilty to failing to notify the DWP that she was living with a partner while claiming income support between the same period.

Magistrates sentenced Ainsworth, of Queens Drive, Glossop, to a 12-month community order with 140 hours of unpaid work. She must also pay an £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.