She confessed her love for her partner on Facebook.

But the social networking confessions of Kathryn Kingdom sparked an investigation which caught her out as a benefits cheat.

Now she faces having to repay thousands of pounds of illegally claimed benefits after being caught out by her Facebook status.

Kingdom, of Casson Street, Cowlersley, made a claim for housing benefit on the basis that she was living alone. But on her Facebook posts, she confessed her love for Wesley Goodwin.

Kingdom, 33, pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud by false representation.

Kirklees magistrates heard that she made her initial claim for housing benefit in August 2013.

Stock image of woman using Facebook
Stock image of woman using Facebook

Kingdom said she was living alone and working as a part-time hairdresser.

In a further statement she declared that she was cohabiting with Wesley Goodwin, but claimed that he was only a friend.

Miles Barker, prosecuting on behalf of Kirklees Council, said: “Checks were made including a check on her Facebook page. This indicated that the relationship was considerably different than declared.

“In it she declared her love for Mr Goodwin and that sort of thing.

“She was invited for interview and, when confronted with the Facebook evidence, admitted that she had been in a relationship with Mr Goodwin since December 2012.”

Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield
Kirklees Magistrates' Court, Huddersfield

The benefits overpaid to Kingdom as a result of the fraud totalled £4,723.

Arrangements are now in place for the money to be repaid, the court was told.

Ian Whiteley, mitigating, said that after Kingdom lost her accommodation in Marsden she started living with Mr Goodwin.

They were initially friends but ended up in a relationship and now have a young baby together.

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Mr Whiteley added: “She had her own room and paid rent but things progressed.

“She was struggling financially and as a result of that this offence was committed.

“She’s very sorry she’s got herself in this situation.”

Magistrates ordered a report from probation staff before sentencing Kingdom.