Sunderland mother falsely claimed nearly £7,000 in benefits

A Sunderland mother was overpaid almost £7,000 in benefits when she failed to declare a change in circumstances.

Sunday, 13th October 2019, 6:19 pm
Updated Monday, 14th October 2019, 11:13 am

Kelly Anne Stephenson, 42, of Mary Street, New Silksworth, admitted two charges of failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions between July 2016 and December 2017 that a former partner was living with her.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, told South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court the total overpayment was £6,975.30.

He said: “Ms Stephenson had been claiming benefits legitimately. But, was subsequently living with her partner.”

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The case was heard at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

Tom Morgan, defending, said the single mother-of-three was going through a very difficult period of her life and not declaring the change was an oversight.

He said: “She has never bothered the courts before and she would say she will never bother the courts again.”

Stephenson was fined £80 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £85 costs.