A benefits cheat said to have claimed almost £100,000 with her mother after suffering an accident was caught out by pictures she shared online of her enjoying rock concerts and festivals.
Joy Taylor, 32, was assessed as disabled but continued to claim cash with her 64-year-old mother Linda as her carer, even after she made a recovery from the road accident.
She was sentenced at Durham Crown Court on Monday where officials confirmed she received a 14 month jail term, suspended for a year. She must undergo supervision and carry out an eight-week curfew between 8pm and 7am.
Her mother Linda, also from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, was sentenced to 12 months jail, suspended for a year. They admitted false representation to make gain.
The fraud, estimated by the prosecution to be around £95,000, came from her nominating her mother as her carer, spanning from 2009-14. The defence claimed the figure was around £20,000 less.
Investigators from Durham County Council found pictures on the daughter’s Facebook page included one of her grinning in a short skirt in a bar, and another of her in wellies in front of tents at a festival.
After the hearing, Paul Bradley, corporate fraud manager, Durham County Council, said: “Fraud against the social care system directly affects some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
“We are pleased with the outcome of this case as we continue to fight against fraud, which takes money from the public purse. Monies were paid to Miss Taylor in good faith, to care for, who we thought was, a vulnerable resident.
“Our success in bringing this to court demonstrates our commitment to take all necessary action where it is appropriate.”