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Hertfordshire lottery winner benefit cheat sentenced

A Hertfordshire woman who won £250,000 on the lottery while fraudulently claiming benefits has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Christine Greenhill, 69, from Cheshunt failed to declare she was living with a partner in 2004.

The 69-year-old, who won on the lottery the following year, took more than £14,000 she was not entitled to.

She admitted a charge at St Albans Crown Court and was given a four-month sentence, suspended for two years.

She was charged with dishonestly failing to notify a change in circumstances.

Prosecutor Harry Snook said: "She had savings that massively exceeded the upper limit for benefits."

Greenhill's defence barrister said she had spent the money on holidays and meals out.

In addition Greenhill must abide by a curfew for the next two months, between 2000 and 0600 BST.

A confiscation hearing will be heard at a later date.

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