Bassett benefit case cheat kept wage secret
Updated 12:27pm Wednesday 13th August 2014 in Latest News
Benefits cheat Hayley Walklate, of Royal Wootton Bassett, failed to inform Wiltshire Council when her circumstances changed.
Walklate, 39, of Richards Close, claimed £5,000 more than she was due after failing to notify the council that she was receiving an income.
Between December 2011 and October 2012, the council overpaid her with £4,150.90 in Housing Benefit and £1,385.54 Council Tax Benefit.
Walklate failed to attend interviews arranged by the council’s investigation team, then did not turn up in court after being summonsed to appear on July 7, so a warrant for her arrest was issued.
She finally appeared before Swindon magistrates on August 4, to plead guilty to dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstances.
The court heard she had undeclared money that she knew would affect her entitlement to the benefits.
Walklate was told to repay the overpaid sum and given a 12-month community order with 70 hours’ unpaid work.
She must pay costs of £350 and a £60 victim surcharge.