A Newmarket woman who falsely claimed nearly £18,000 in benefits, has avoided a jail term.
Nicola Sinclaire, of George Lambton Avenue,appeared before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday.
She pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to notify the authorities of a change of circumstances in relation to her claim for housing and council tax benefits from Forest Heath District Council and of failing to notify authorities of a change of circumstances affecting her claim for Jobseekers’ Allowance and employment and support Allowance.
The 36 year old had falsely claimed £9233.77 in housing benefit; £6963.80 in Jobseekers’ and support and employment allowance and £1533.19 in council tax benefit. A total of £17730.76.
The court heard she failed to declare that her husband Richard Sinclaire was living at her home with her and instead claimed she was a lone parent.
Magistrates ordered Sinclaire to complete 150 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12 month community order, with probation service supervision,
She was also ordered to pay £525 towards court costs.