A BENEFIT cheat has been given a six month community order after she claimed over £10,000 she was not entitled to.
Maxine Hall, of Friars Walk, Chelmsley Wood, received the £10,251.45 overpayment of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) between December 2008 and October 2011 after she failed to notify the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of a change in circumstances.
The 44-year-old started to claim the higher rate DLA after she was diagnosed with Spondylitis and a trapped nerve, Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday.
But in 2008 Hall’s condition started to improve and she began working 35 hours a week.
While DLA is not means tested, Hall was summoned to court because she did not inform the DWP that her condition had improved, which may have affected the amount of money she could claim.
Baljinder Kaur, prosecuting, said Hall claimed she had contacted the DWP but the department had no record of the calls.
Her solicitor, John Derry, told magistrates his client believed the DWP were aware of her change of circumstances.
He added: “My client attended an interview about her incapacity benefit and she believed the DLA would also be adjusted accordingly.
“She believed the money continuing to go into her bank account every fortnight was working family tax credits.”
Hall, who pleaded guilty to failing to notify change of circumstances, was also placed under a supervision requirement and told to pay £100 costs.