TOTTY Ben­e­fits COL­LEC­TION cheat must pay back £16,000


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A BEN­E­FITS cheat who claimed she could barely walk was filmed climb­ing hills and zoom­ing down a water slide on hol­i­day.

Tina At­tana­sio, 51, was jailed for 10 weeks in De­cem­ber last year but brought back to court this week for a Pro­ceeds of Crime Hear­ing.

Fid­dling At­tana­sio claimed she couldn’t cope with­out crutches – but was framed by her own fam­ily hol­i­day videos show­ing her splash­ing around in her swimwear.

She was caught when a for­mer lover gave the film to ben­e­fits in­ves­ti­ga­tors af­ter they split up.

Mother At­tana­sio ad­mit­ted wrongly claim­ing £19,000 of dis­abil­ity liv­ing al­lowance – af­ter ben­e­fits fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tors ob­tained the happy hol­i­day video of her sum­mer break in the South of France.

It showed her climb­ing hills, bound­ing down steep steps and whizzing down a steep flume in a water park in a red bikini.

At­tana­sio was or­dered to re­pay £16,403 - and told by a judge she had six months to hand over the dosh.

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