Northampton mother who falsely claimed almost £40,000 in benefits avoids jail sentence

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A Northampton woman who falsely claimed almost £40,000 in benefits has been given a 10-month suspended jail sentence.

Katherine Cronin, of Pelham Court, The Arbours, Northampton appeared at Northampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to three charges of benefit fraud.

The court heard the 31-year-old falsely claimed £37,995 of tax credits and benefits during a four-year period from March 2009 to May 2013 after she stated that she was a single parent when she was living with her partner.

Judge Mayo, sentencing, said Cronin, who pleaded guilty to all the charges, “knew what she was doing was dishonest”.

Cronin was sentenced to 10 months in prison suspended for a year. She must complete 150 hours unpaid work.

The court heard that the Department of Work and Pensions is currently claiming the money back by reducing her benefits.