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Southminster mum jailed after £100k benefit fraud
A Southminster mum who didn’t declare she had remarried after the death of her husband has been jailed for four months for stealing more than £100,000 in benefits.
Elaine Kingstone, of Lavender Drive, claimed £33,787 in Widowed Parents Allowance from November 2005 and July 2012.
She also claimed tax credits of £68,877 from April 2008 and April 2013, stating that she was a lone parents.
But she failed to advise that she had remarried in May 2006 and was no longer entitled to claim benefits.
The 51-year-old admitted the charges under the Tax Credits Act 2002 and the Fraud Act 2006 when she appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday.
See this week's Standard for the full story.
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