Woman, 25, staged £12k fraud

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A 25-year-old woman from Billinge has been found guilty of staging a £12,000 benefits fraud.

Rebecca Grace, of Mitchell Road, was found guilty of failing to declare her true circumstances to St Helens Council and the Department for Work and Pensions with a view to claiming Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Income Support.

She failed to declare that her partner was resident in the property with her, which resulted in an overpayment of benefit totalling £12,602.60.

JPs ordered her to repay the overpayment in full.