Louth woman convicted of benefit fraud is sentenced


A Louth woman, who was convicted of benefit fraud after a trial has been sentenced at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Nikita Jane Susan Harrison, 27, of Swallow Drive, had been convicted of dishonestly failing to tell East Lindsey District Council and also the Department of Work and Pensions that she was now living with her partner Craig Dixon, and was therefore no longer entitled to housing and council tax benefits and to income support.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told District Judge John Stobart that she legitimately completed the claim in March 2010 but after her circumstances changed in August 2011, she failed to tell the relevant authorities.

Harrison told the authorities that although Craig Dixon had financial links to her address, he was not in fact living there but she was convicted at a trial.

It was said she received a total of £12,800 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

Mitigating, Lauren Fisher said that Harrison still maintained that they were not living together but she accepted the decision of the court.

She said she was repaying the outstanding benefits at the rate of £150 a month.

The judge imposed a 12 month conditional discharge on each offence and ordered Harrison to pay £125 in costs.