Woman who lied about being a lone parent is sentenced

Woman who lied about being a lone parent is sentenced

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James Preston

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Woman who lied about being a lone parent is sentenced
Slough Magistrates' Court

A community order has been issued to a 41-year-old Maidenhead woman who received almost £5,500 in benefit overpayments.

Donna Swift, of Switchback Road North, appeared at Slough Magistrates' Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to three offences of dishonestly failing to report a change in her circumstances.

She was given a 12-month community order of 80 hours of unpaid work and 12 months' supervision with probation.

The case followed a joint investigation by the Royal Borough and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which suggested Swift was living with her husband but was still claiming income support and housing and council tax benefits as a lone parent.

The benefits were claimed between September 2011 and June last year.

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