Mum’s £2k benefit fraud

Court grab of Siobham Tomlin (w110322-1)

Court grab of Siobham Tomlin (w110322-1)

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A MOTHER claimed over £2,000 in benefits she was not entitled to after starting a new job, a court heard.

Siobhan Tomlin admitted collecting £2,220.66 in housing and council tax benefit and Jobseeker’s allowance after failing to declare she was working.

Worksop Magistrates Court heard that Tomlin, 25, of Brecks Road, Retford, claimed the benefits over several months in 2009 and 2010.

She had started working two months before her JSA was stopped, prosector Pam Simpson said.

Ms Simpson said when Tomlin was contacted and asked to declare details of her earnings, she failed to attend a meeting to discuss her benefit entitlement.

She had failed to notify either the Department for Work and Pensions or Bassetlaw Council about her change in circumstances.

District Judge Diane Baker told Tomlin that she had been “very dishonest” and that they were serious offences of deliberate deception.

She ordered Tomlin to pay back the £2,220.66 in compensation and to do 150 hours of unpaid work as part of two 12-month community orders, to run concurrently.

Vicky Rusdon from the probation service told the court that Tomlin and her partner had been in financial difficulty at the time.

Tomlin had not declared earnings from her new job because the work wasn’t regular, which was why she continued to claim benefits.

Miss Rusdon said Tomlin lived with her partner and her son and was now working fulltime through the Manpower agency.

Her finances were more stable, although her partner was not working at the moment.

Tomlin, who was not represented, told the court she works for BT in Doncaster and will be starting a permanent contract in June.