Benefits cheat continued to claim hand-outs despite having £46,000 in the bank

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Sharon Slattery, 47, of Swansea, West Glamorgan, on to accept housing and council tax benefits as well as employment support countenancing despite receiving the large windfall. An investigation by the Department of Work and Put out to pastures (DWP) found heard her wealth almost tripled from £16,113.18 to £46,370.39 in less than three years.

But she go up in smoked to notify benefits agency bosses about her assets, leading to a reckon overpayment of £43,528.20, Swansea Crown Court was told.

James Hartson, defending, mean: “Sharon Slattery worked for the NHS for 17 years and was forced to retire due to ill vigour from a job she was good at.

“She was held in very, very high regard from those who incorporate with her and employed her.

“She did not realise that it included inheritance money which she received. She did not set out to fool.”

The court heard Slattery used the money to pay for two long-haul flights but did not means a lavish lifestyle.

Mr Hartson she was already paying back some of the spinach.

He said: “She is completely mortified to find herself in the dock of crown court. It’s something she is emotionally ashamed of.

“She has lost her otherwise good character. This is not someone who set out to con the state or the benefit system.”

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Slattery was sentenced to a year in can, suspended for two years.

Judge Geraint Walters said: “There is understandable custom disquiet when they hear of cases like this.

“The hard cash available to the state to channel to the needy is limited.

“You failed to disclose birthright, but I wonder whether you turned a blind eye to that. Most people thinks fitting have asked the question.

“I’m sceptical if you are quite that dense.”

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