Mother fined for cheating benefits

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A mother of two has been fined after pleading guilty to benefit fraud.

Annie Amos, 28, of Water Street, Chorley, was fined £70 by Preston magistrates and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and £85 costs after admitting to falsely obtaining more than £3700 in benefits she wasn’t entitled.

Amos had legitimately claimed Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit as an unemployed single parent, Preston magistrates were told.

However, she failed to tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Chorley Council when her partner moved in.

Councillor Peter Wilson, who oversees benefits payments for Chorley Council, said: “This claim came to light as a result of anonymous information being received.”

Steps are being taken to recover the benefit in full.