Lincoln mum jailed for £69k benefit frauds
A Lincoln mum who falsely claimed nearly £70,000 in tax credits and benefits has been jailed.
Tracy Healey, 46, of Webster Close, claimed a total of £69,222.05 over a period of six years.
She pleaded guilty to fraud offences and was jailed for 12 months at Lincoln Crown Court on September 19.
Investigators from HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions found that Healey submitted claims for tax credit payments totalling £44,829.97 between April 2006 and April 2011 and £24,392.08 in Income Support from June 2005 to February 2011.
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She had said that she was a single parent but investigators found she was actually living with her husband.
Bob Gaiger, HMRC spokesperson said: “Healey deliberately made claims that she knew were incorrect, abusing a system designed to help those most in need of financial help.
"Working alongside DWP, HMRC will bring to justice those involved in this type of crime.
“I strongly encourage anyone with information about people committing this type of fraud to call the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440.”
HMRC said it will pursue the overpaid amounts for full collection.