A WOMAN has appeared in court accused of fraudulently claiming over £20,000 worth of benefits.
Beverley Amato, of Fernside Avenue in Almondbury, was before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
She faces three charges of dishonestly making a false statement to obtain a benefit.
The dates of the charges range between May 2003 and May 2011.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said that the 53-year-old was in receipt of various benefits.
These were income support, disability living allowance and housing and council tax benefits.
Magistrates heard that Amato made these claims on the grounds that she had disabilities and no income.
She allegedly failed to tell the Department for Work and Pensions that she was living with her husband.
Amato also allegedly didn’t inform the DWP when her physical capabilities improved.
She gave no indication as to what her plea to the charges will be.
Magistrates decided to send her to stand trial at Leeds Crown Court.
Amato will first appear a the Huddersfield court on June 25 for a committal hearing.