A MOTHER who failed to declare her own mother's invalidity benefit illegally bagged more than £4,500.
Nazma Chowdhury, 29, a mother-of-three, of Horse Bank Drive, Lockwood, said she did not know she needed to declare her mother's allowance when claiming housing benefit.
She pleaded guilty to one charge of making a false representation to claim benefit.
Huddersfield magistrates were told Chowdhury did not mention the money when filling out forms.
Carol Holberry, prosecuting, said that when Chowdhury filled in the forms she declared all the benefits being received except her mother's.
In mitigation, Arsad Khan said Chowdhury was confused by the forms.
He added that she was of good character and was very distressed at being in court.
He went on: "She is now moving, with her mother and family, to Luton, because she cannot stand to stay in Huddersfield.
"She thought the invalidity care allowance was not for her but for her mother.
"The money will be paid back, either in a lump sum or in three or four smaller lump sums,"
Court chairman Brian Hebblethwaite, said:
"I have seen the forms you had to fill in and they are simple enough."
Chowdhury was ordered to do 100 community service and pay £150 costs.