Benefits cheat claims she’s ‘unfit’ to do community service

A benefits cheat who falsely £78,000 claims she is ‘unfit’ to complete her community service.


Kathryn Leathard, 30, pretended to be a single mum for five years in order to get tax credits, income support, council tax benefit and housing benefit.


However, authorities found she had been living with her partner.


Leathard admitted three benefit fraud charges in November last year.


The mother-of-three, of Prudhoe was given a suspended 12-month jail term and was ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid work.


Leathard, however, says she has been assessed as ‘unfit for work.’


Furthermore, she did not attend court claiming she was ‘too anxious.’

Sentencing her, Judge Stephen Earl said, “Let’s be clear – this is public money you defrauded the Government and the public out of.”



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