Ex-care worker is guilty of fraud

A former care worker who swindled thousands of pounds in benefits has been convicted of fraud.

Emma Brewster, 30, of Moorhall, Bakewell pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to notify Derbyshire Dales District Council of changes in her circumstances, which led to her wrongly receiving over £6,000 in council tax benefits and housing benefits.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard that between January 14, 2008 and February 10, 2010, the mother-of-three claimed housing benefit amounting to £4,355 despite being employed as a carer for the elderly.

She had previously received the benefits after losing her job through illness.

Brewster also received £1,731 in council tax benefits after failing to notify the council that her partner, Kieran Hume, had moved into her home.

Defending, John Wilford told the court that Brewster had entered a guilty plea.

Sentencing, magistrate Peter Greaves, said: “The things that brought you back from the custodial threshold were your guilty plea and your cooperation with the council.”

Brewster was given 180 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £242.50 which will be deducted from her benefits.