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Woman pleads guilty to four counts of making false representations to obtain benefits

A woman who didn’t tell benefits staff her husband was living with her was wrongly paid more than £17,800 in benefits.

Kathryne Marie Hill of Marashen Crescent in Port Erin appeared before magistrates at Douglas Courthouse.

The 27 year old pleaded guilty to four counts of making false representations to obtain benefits between October 2020 and October 2021.

Prosecutor Chrissie Hunt told the hearing Hill had been claiming income support but didn’t inform officials her husband had moved into her home, paying rent, phone and gas bills.

She was caught out after investigators discovered payments in bank statements as well as social media photos of the couple in bed and on holiday together.

Defence advocate Laurence Vaughan-Williams told the hearing his client accepted her guilt but the case was a misunderstanding and Hill was now repaying the money.

Magistrates ordered her to do 180 hours of community service.

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