A MUM-OF-TWO falsely claimed more than £4,000 in benefits to try to prevent her family home being repossessed.
Geraldine Takindisa, 35, of High Croft Crescent, Moldgreen, appeared at Dewsbury Magistrates’ Court on Friday and admitted four charges relating to falsely claiming benefit.
The charges dated back to September 2009 when Takindisa applied for housing benefit and council tax benefit and stated she was unemployed.
But a routine check by Kirklees Council revealed she had been working for Waterfront Lodge, Brighouse, as a housekeeper for 16 hours a week since August, 2004.
The defendant, who was unrepresented in court, told the court: “I sincerely apologise for what happened and what I did. We were going through hardship difficulties and fighting to prevent the house being repossessed.
She said the family had suffered particularly since they fled Zimbabwe and she was desperate to keep her family together.
The court heard how she had paid back £150 of the overpayment of £4,384 since August. She was ordered to pay £510 costs. She pleaded guilty to failing to declare employment, two charges of producing false statement to obtain benefit and failing to notify changes of circumstances, namely that her husband was in employment.The case was adjourned to allow for probation reports to be produced.
Magistrate David Lee told the defendant he was considering a high level community order given the lengthy period of time.