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Woman claimed nearly £6,000 of benefits dishonestly

A woman who claimed almost £6,000 of benefits to which she was not entitled has been sentenced.
Peterborough Magistrates' Court (Photo: Martyn Moore)

Trisma Senior, 48, fraudulently claimed £5,974.15 from the Department of Work and Pensions between February 2018 and November 2019.

She has been paying back the money, magistrates in Peterborough were told on Monday (June 7).

At an earlier hearing, Senior had claimed that she had not acted dishonestly but prosecutor Giles Beaumont said she had answered two basic questions about income with false statements.

“It was a fraudulent claim from the outset,” he said.

The court was told Senior, who later admitted her guilt, had a previous conviction for a similar matter in 2007, for which she was sentenced to unpaid work.

Claire Thorneley, mitigating, said of the latest offence: “She fully accepts that she wasn’t entitled to the money, it was a claim that shouldn’t have been made in the first place and somebody else could’ve benefited from that money."

Ms Thorneley said it was just under £6,000 over 19 months and “doesn’t equate to somebody being able to live a lavish lifestyle”.

“It’s being repaid at a regular rate,” she said.

Senior, of Tythe Road, Chatteris, was given a 12-month community order with up to 15 days of rehabilitation activities and 12 sessions of mental health treatment.

She was ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge.