Mother jailed for £18,000 benefit fraud

A mother's plea for leniency was ignored after a court heard she had stolen more than £18,000 through benefit fraud.

A mother's plea for leniency was ignored after a court heard she had stolen more than £18,000 through benefit fraud.

Susan Aiken, 43, of Bakis Road, Yarmouth, had admitted dishonestly claiming income support from April 2004 to May 2006. She also admitted dishonestly claiming housing benefit between April 2004 and August 2006.

Norwich Crown Court heard that Aiken had an 11-year-old daughter and she had made no preparations for her care if she was jailed.

But recorder Guy Ayers jailed her for eight months.

James Fletcher, prosecuting, said Aiken's then-partner gave her address when seeking loans. Despite him living at her property she continued claiming benefits as though she were single.

Andrew Oliver, defending, said the claims were not dishonest at first. She separated from her partner but their relationship resumed in April 2004. He said she was repaying the money.

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Mr Ayers said: "The court is not being blackmailed because you have not made arrangements for your 11-year-old daughter. You have a partner or social services will have to become involved."

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