Shameless benefit cheat mum moans she was ‘unlucky she got caught’ after £14,000 Universal Credit swindle

Katie Moran, 27, claimed the Universal Credit handouts on the understanding that she was a single mum of two and had no other income or savings.

But she was living with her on-off boyfriend Robert Carter, who had been transferring money into her bank account.

The healthcare assistant, of Bacup, Lancs, received £14,466.83 in benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions over a 14-month period from February 22, 2016 to May 1, 2017.

And she appeared to show little remorse today.

Alongside a laughing emoji she posted on Facebook: “I was just unlucky and got caught.

"Two good wages coming into this house now and we are still living on the breadline! F***ing joke.”

She added: “I am absolutely distraught but it’s nobody’s fault but my own!”

And, referring to a report of the case in her local newspaper she wrote: “At least they used a decent picture.”

Andrew Robinson, prosecuting, told Burnley Magistrates’ Court that her claim was “fraudulent from the outset” and the Department of Work and Pensions had evidence from “various sources that she was maintaining a common household”.

He added: “The DWP will take their own steps to recover the money that was overspent.”

Defence solicitor Ben Leech said Moran would regularly separate and get back together with her partner Robert Carter in a “continuing pattern”.

At the time of making the benefits claim she did not think they would reconcile.

He added: “I don’t think this was a lady who had gone into this with any dishonest intent.”

Mr Leech said health care assistant Moran has learned the error of her ways and is very much ashamed and regrets her behaviour.

Moran admitted dishonestly making a false statement or representation to the DWP.

She was given a 12-month community order with a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement, a four week curfew and ordered to pay £50 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

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