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Wolverhampton woman's disability credits fraud

A woman who claimed her children and husband were severely disabled in order to claim £112,000 in tax credits has been jailed for two years.

Jayne McKnight, 45, of Owen Road, Wolverhampton, admitted carrying out the fraud over seven years.

Customs officers said the woman spent the money on tickets to see boy bands and X-Factor stars.

She claimed for one "disabled" child in 2003 and later increased this to three children and her husband.

A HM Revenue and Customs spokesman said outside court McKnight had spent the money on music concerts.

'She was wrong'

A social network site showed photos of the mother-of-four posing alongside "famous mates" such as singer Susan Boyle and a member of boy band JLS.

She claimed to be working part-time and also claimed for childcare and after-school club costs, which turned out to be false.

Mike O'Grady, assistant director, criminal investigation for HMRC said she had consistently lied about her circumstances.

"She probably thought she would never be found out, but she was wrong," he said.

In mitigation, her barrister Robert Perry said she was full of remorse for her actions and that the money had gone on rent arrears and other debts.

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