Mum fiddled tax credits fora third time.
A mum who fiddled family tax credits has been jailed for three months.
Time ran out for Diane Booker - also known as Diane Evans - when she was caught cheating the taxpayer for the THIRD time.
The 34-year-old mother of three, from Mariners Way, Rhoose, admitted failing to disclose to the authorities that she was with a partner who was working, when she made claims over a two year period - receiving pounds 11,845.55 to which she was not entitled.
And Cardiff Crown Court was told it wasn't the first time she had cheated the public purse.
In 1996, Vale of Glamorgan magistrates gave her a two-year conditional discharge for making false claims and in 2003 a judge at the crown court sentenced her to a six-month suspended sentence for similar offences.
She was on bail in April 2003, awaiting that sentence, when she embarked on the latest fraud. And she continued with her fraudulent claims after the sentence was passed in May and while the suspended prison term was hanging over her head.
Defence barrister Byron Broadstock said the money she obtained had not been spent on lavish living but simply to try to keep ahead of her debts while she and her husband were in an on-off relationship.
Waiting for the latest court hearing was said to have made her ill with worry over what would happen to her children.
Judge Curran told her: "Offences like these are all too prevalent and cause the ordinary tax-paying public and those on benefits who are not fortunate enough to be employed, to rightly feel resentment at those who fiddle the system.
"And this is the third time you have been before a court for defrauding the public purse.
"There has to be a prison sentence although I take into account the inevitable effect that will have on your family."