Kerry Hope was found guilty of duping the state
Here latest gist as A mum who scrounged thousands in handouts by claiming she was a single parent was unmasked as a benefits cheat after pictures of her lesbian wedding were posted on Facebook, The Sun UK reports.
Information has it that the 40-year-old woman identified as Kerry Hope had received income support and housing benefit while telling the authorities she was living alone and had no other income.
However, her shenanigans came to light after the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) found out that Hope had tied the knot with her 28-year-old lover Leanne Lambert, and was living with her.
Photos later emerged on social media of the happy couple getting hitched at Blackpool’s Wedding Chapel before posing outside the seaside resort’s iconic tower.
After the revelation, investigators swung into action following a tip off and found the damning images of the August 2015 ceremony during their inquiries.
They even spotted some snaps being re-posted as part of their 1st year “paper” wedding anniversary.
At Burnley magistrates court, Hope who is now Kerry Hope-Lambert, sobbed as she pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions of a change in circumstances between June 17, 2014 and September 17, 2015.
Additionally she copped to dishonestly failing to notify Pendle Borough Council of a change in circumstances between June 23, 2014 and September 13, 2015.
Prosecutor Philippa White told the hearing the total amount overpaid to Hope- Lambert was £8,065.01.
The scrounger claimed income support from 2007 and it was paid to her on the basis she was a lone parent living with four kids in Nelson with no other form of income.
Mrs White said: “Payments were made directly into her Post Office account and were paid on the basis she was to report any changes in her circumstances to the Department for Work and Pensions and Pendle Borough Council.
“Both paid these benefits on the basis of that proviso, that a change in her circumstances should be notified.
“It became apparent she failed to declare she was maintaining a common household with her partner Leanne Hope- Lambert.
“Leanne Hope- Lambert was in a position to support the family financially. ”
She was given a two month curfew, between 7pm and 7am, seven days a week. The bench made no order for costs because of her means but she must pay an £85 victim surcharge out of her benefits.