A WOMAN cheated the public purse out of more than £5,000 in benefits, a court heard.
Kim Avramovic, 26, of Dalston Road, Newhall, is now paying back the £5,260.30 in overpayments she claimed between August 2011 and January 2013.
Avramovic (right) was claiming income support and carer’s allowance, but failed to notify the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) she had started work at a care home two nights a week.
Appearing at Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Avramovic pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to notify the authorities about her change of circumstances.
David Bell, prosecuting, said she had been in receipt of income support and carer’s allowance, but failed tell the DWP when she started work at Gresley House Care Home.
Sonia Lawrence, defending, said: “This is a lady of previous good character who is now not going to be able to work in the area she wants to.
“She won’t to be able to go back to it (care work) as it was a matter of dishonesty.
“It was not fraudulent from the offset. She was caring for both grandparents. Her grandma had dementia and her granddad had dementia, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. She claimed it for them.
“She then got a job working two nights in a care home. She thought she was able to work under 20 hours and there would be no problem, but unfortunately there was.”
Avramovic made a full and frank admission and was repaying the money at a cost of £20 a week, the court heard.
Magistrates imposed a conditional discharge for 12 months, meaning if Avramovic offends again in the next year she will be punished for both offences.
She must also pay court costs totalling £110.