Mum illegally claimed almost £70,000 benefits and tax credits

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A woman from Moulton Seas End was jailed for 12 months after she admitted falsely claiming almost £70,000 in tax credits and benefits.

Tracy Healey (46), of Roman Bank, claimed a total of £69,222.05 over a period of six years.

Healey, formerly of Webster Close, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to fraud offences and was jailed at Lincoln Crown Court.

A judge had issued a warrant against Healey after she failed to attend her sentencing hearing on time earlier this month.

The court heard Healey had moved to Moulton Seas End from Lincoln and was due to attend the hearing by train from Spalding.

Special arrangements were made for Healey to be sentenced by video link from Lincoln Magistrates Court because of her mobility problems.

Investigators from HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions found that Healey submitted claims for tax credit payments totalling £44,829.97 between April 2006 and April 2011 and £24,392.08 in Income Support from June 2005 to February 2011.

Healey had said that she was a single parent but investigators found she was actually living with her husband.

Bob Gaiger, HMRC spokesperson said: “Healey deliberately made claims that she knew were incorrect, abusing a system designed to help those most in need of financial help.

“Working alongside DWP, HMRC will bring to justice those involved in this type of crime.

“I strongly encourage anyone with information about people committing this type of fraud to call the National Benefit Fraud Hotline.”