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Byline: Emma Davison Court Reporter

A WORKER for Yorkshire Ambulance Service has admitted thousands of pounds worth of benefit fraud.

Katy Stiff, from Blackthorn Way, Scissett, appeared before Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield.

She admitted three charges of dishonestly failing to notify her change of circumstances which she knew were likely to affect her entitlement to a benefit.

The court heard that since September 2006 Stiff had been in receipt of carer's allowance.

She cares for her 13-year-old son who has short bowel syndrome.

The 35-year-old began claiming the benefit as a lone parent and on the basis that she was not working.

From September 2012 she also received income support and housing benefit on the same basis.

However, towards the end of August last year she began working full-time for Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Ben Crosland, prosecuting, said: "She began to work but failed to tell the authorities of that change of circumstance from that time until February.

"During this time she received these benefits to which she was not entitled".

The total amount of money overpaid to Stiff during this period was PS4,694.

Prior to the offences, Stiff had no court convictions.

Mark Mangano, mitigating, said that when his client started her job she wrote to Kirklees Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

He said: "They didn't receive this correspondence and when she realised she was continuing to be paid she buried her head in the sand.

"She found herself at a time when she had a lot of expense and took the money when she shouldn't have done."

Magistrates asked probation staff for a report on Stiff before sentencing her.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2014
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