Claimed £15,962 in benefits she wasn’t entitled to have

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A Spalding woman received £15,962.77 in benefits she wasn’t entitled to after failing to declare she was living with a partner.

Emma Grimes (31), of Spalding Common, Spalding, pleaded guilty to two counts of dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstances that would affect her entitlement to benefits – the first involving housing and council tax benefit and the second income support.

Both charges covered the period from April 29, 2011 to August 21, 2013 and involved failure to declare she was living in the same house with William Denmead as husband and wife.

District Judge John Stobart, sitting at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, sent the case to Lincoln Crown Court for sentence because he had insufficient legal powers to order full compensation.

That hearing will take place on a date to be fixed.

Deborah Cartwright, prosecuting, revealed the amount overpaid and told Mr Stobart: “I imagine on that basis you will be seeking a report.”

Mr Stobart adjourned the hearing for a probation report.

When it resumed, solicitor Liz Harte said Grimes is now working and voluntarily paying back the sum overpaid. But Mr Stobart said there would have to be an order, which only the crown court could make.