Kimberley benefit cheat handed community order

A KIMBERLEY woman was handed a 12-month community sentence after she wrongfully claimed over £8,000 in housing and council tax benefits over a 16-month period.

Donna Murden, of Lulworth Court, Kimberley, pleaded guilty to failing to give prompt notification of a change in circumstances affecting her benefit entitlement after Broxtowe Borough Council took prosecution action against her.

Between Sunday July 5, 2009, and Tuesday November 21, 2010, Murden failed to give notification that she was living as a couple with a man who was working.

After hearing representations from the prosecution and the Probation Service, a district judge sentenced the Murden to a 12-month community sentence with an unpaid work requirement of 120 hours together with an order for costs in the sum of £250 to be made payable at £5 per week.

Sitting at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, the judge described it as a ‘serious offence’.

He said: “There is very little difference between what you have done and stealing £8,000 from a bank.”