Suspended sentence for benefit fraud woman

A Haydock woman was sentenced to nine months imprisonment – suspended for 18 months – after admitting benefit fraud totalling £49,963.17 at Liverpool Crown Court (on 10 February 2015).

Karen Mullen (45) of Clipsley Lane, Haydock, St Helens, pleaded guilty to
failing to declare her true circumstances to St Helens Council and the
Department for Works and Pensions with a view to claiming Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Income Support, Employment Support Allowance and Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The court heard how Ms Mullen had failed to declare that her partner was
resident in the property, resulting in the overpayment – which she is also
required to repay.

The case was brought by St Helens Council’s Benefit Fraud Team.  If you
want to report fraud, call the benefit fraud hotline on: 0800 953 0217 or
e-mail: benefitfraud@sthelens.gov.uk