Holidaying benefits cheat walks free from court with suspended sentence

A mother of four, who went snorkelling in the Maldives while illegally pocketing up to £81,000 worth of disability benefits, walked free from court after a tongue lashing by a judge today.

The racket saw her collect £65,244 of Disability Living Allowances by deliberately exaggerating the effects of arthritis and other complaints it is accepted she suffers from.

This allowed her to receive an exemption pass under false pretences and rack up a further £15,690 worth of free travel on the M6 Toll Road.

The 58-year-old twice married mother of four alleged that severe arthritis and back problems meant it took her four minutes to walk as many metres.

She also maintained she could not perform simple household chores or even get dressed without assistance, needed a walking stick at all times and help to climb stairs.

In fact she had worked full time at PartsWorld in Orbital Way, Cannock for 17 years and regularly drove alone to the office along the M6 Toll Road for free.

Recorder Michael Elsom told her: “Hard-working people feel revulsion for people like you who deliberately hide the truth from the public purse.

“The fact that you are now shunned by your neighbours comes as no surprise what so ever.

“You are somebody whose word cannot be trusted.”

He continued: “What an example you have set for your children. The photographs portrayed a completely different way of life to that portrayed by you, your husband and son.

“The assertions you made were nothing but bare faced lies which you continued during your trial. You have not shown any remorse at any stage.”