Tees

Suspended jail term for Middlesbrough £40,000 benefit cheat

A Middlesbrough woman who falsely claimed benefits of more than £40,000 has been given a suspended jail term.

Jacqueline Hall received housing and council tax benefit and income support over a six-year period. She also falsely claimed she lived alone.

The 54-year-old, of Pallister Park, was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work.

At Teesside Crown Court, Hall was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Speaking after the sentencing, Councillor David Budd said benefit fraud is not a "victimless crime"

"Every penny fraudulently claimed is being deprived from those in genuine need," he said.

"The message of this case is very clear - if you try to cheat the system, you will be caught, you will end up with a criminal record and the law will ensure you pay back what you owe."

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