A MOTHER has been made to do 100 hours of community service after fraudulently claiming more than £5,000 in benefits.
Kelly Ryder, 37, appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court charged with failing to notify a change in relation to housing benefit and failing to notify a change in relation to council tax reduction.
The court heard that Ryder, of Gwynn Way, Wickham, had not told Winchester City Council when her new partner Philip Kitch, a delivery company worker, moved in with her in January last year.
Ryder, who is currently unemployed after having a baby three months ago, was reported to the Department for Work & Pensions, which launched an investigation.
Prosecuting David Adams said: ‘She made full and frank admissions in interview. She separated from her husband and was left with four children to support, that’s why she originally made the claim and she understands she needed to have made the change.’
Ryder said: ‘It was wrong. I shouldn’t have done it.’
Chairwoman of the magistrates Linda Gilbert sentenced her to do 100 hours of unpaid work and to pay court costs of £50 and a victim surcharge of £60. Ryder has already begun repaying the money, £5,157.24, back to the council.