Benefit cheat lied about landlord

A 27-year-old Clock Face woman has admitted falsely claiming almost £15,000 in benefits.

Samantha Pickavance, of Gorsey Lane, failed to tell social security chiefs that her landlord was also the father of her child.

That resulted in an overpayment of £14,071.05 in housing benefits.

She appeared at St Helens Magistrates’ Court last week, where JPs sentenced her to 150 hours unpaid community work. She was also ordered to pay £80 court costs and £60 victim surcharge.

She must also repay the full overpayment.

The case was brought by St Helens Council’s Benefit Fraud Team. If you

want to report fraud call the benefit fraud hotline on: 0800 953 0217 or

e-mail:

benefitfraud@sthelens.gov.uk.