Grantham court: Woman accused of dishonestly claiming £45,000 in benefits

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A Grantham woman will appear at crown court charged with four counts of dishonestly claiming a total of about £45,000 in benefits.

Samantha Kimberley Phillips, 33, of Dickens Road, Grantham, appeared before Grantham magistrates on Monday charged with dishonestly failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) between November 16, 2007, and May 4, 2010, that she was living with another person as husband and wife when claiming income support and of making a false statement to claim income support on April 12, 2012. She is also accused of making a false statement in claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance on April 14, 2010, and failing to notify a change of circumstances between November 19, 2007, and February 27, 2013, when claiming housing benefit.

Magistrates adjourned the case to Lincoln Crown Court for a hearing on March 31. No plea was entered.