Two convictions for benefit fraud
TWO women, in separate cases, were sentenced for benefit fraud at Trafford Magistrates’ Court after falsely obtaining more than £25,000 between them in financial support.
Michelle Wright, 32, was charged with continuing to collect housing and council tax benefits from Trafford Council despite finding work.
Trafford magistrates heard how Wright, of Lyndhurst Avenue, Urmston, was overpaid by £19,321 from May 2011 to September 2014 .
She was sentenced to a 12-month community order, 250 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £460 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Also convicted of benefit fraud was Yolande Lasa, 37.
The court was told how she dishonestly obtained £4,966 in benefits after claiming she was a lone parent despite living with her partner.
Lasa, of Basford Road, Old Trafford, received overpayments between July 2009 and January 2014 and was sentenced to 180 hours of unpaid work, and must pay a £700 fine towards the prosecution and a £60 Victim Surcharge.
A Trafford Council spokesman said the authority was now recovering all the monies obtained as a result of both offences.