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False benefit woman is 'extremely sorry'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

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A TENANT wrongly claimed more than £6,000 in benefits after failing to inform the authorities that she had started a relationship with her landlord.

Tracy Samantha Gubby, 48, from Derwendeg in Porthyrhyd pleaded guilty at Llanelli Magistrates' Court to two counts of dishonestly failing to notify authorities of changes in her circumstances, affecting her entitlement to benefits.

The court heard how Gubby had been paid a total of £6,772.01 in housing benefit and income support between April 2013 and April 2014 from Carmarthenshire Council and the Department of Work and Pensions respectively.

This was despite the fact she had formed a relationship with her landlord and that they were living together, meaning she was no longer entitled to the payments.

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Defence solicitor Janem Jones said: "At a certain time she formed a relationship with her landlord, who moved in with her.

"I am informed that she was not aware that the relationship would last very long.

"I am pleased to say that relationship has lasted but Miss Gubby didn't inform the county council or the Department of Work and Pensions."

She added: "Her former husband left her in 2010, it's a sad story, and left her destitute with a daughter who is now grown up.

"She formed this new relationship in 2013."

Mrs Jones said: "She stands here this morning extremely sorry and extremely embarrassed."

Since realising that she had committed the offence Gubby, who works as a carer, has managed to pay back the money in full to both Carmarthenshire Council and the Department of Work and Pensions.

Magistrates said that because they believed the money had been paid back in full and because she was a woman of previously clean character she would face a less substantial penalty.

Gubby was fined £160 and ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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