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Hairdresser made false benefit claims
3:23pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A MOBILE hairdresser made false benefit claims totalling £10,000 by saying she was living alone with her three children in rented property.
But 31-year-old Lisa Bradley was first living with her husband in Cranberry Drive, Stourport, and then with another man in Mostyn Road and Redstone Lane, both Stourport.
Bradley pleaded guilty at Worcester Crown Court to making false representation to claim housing benefit, council tax and income support. She was given a 12-month community order and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work.
Ruth Edwards, prosecuting for Wyre Forest District Council, said the false claims began in February 2011 when Bradley said she was the sole occupant of the Cranberry Drive property. But, in fact, her husband had been in residence.
When she moved to the other addresses, a man named in court as Kevin Stokes, had been living with her. In that time, she had claimed £6,110 housing benefit, £1,039 for council tax and £2,863 income support benefit.
Abigail Nixon, miitigating, said it would have been possible for Bradley to have made legitimate claims for income support had she disclosed the true circumstances. She had already paid back £284.
She was now separated from her husband, who had been released from prison, and had another partner, who was in employment. She was working hard to establish her business and keep her home together in straightened circumstances.
Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC said some claims could have been legitimate but it was her stupidity which had brought her before the court.