A benefit fraudster from Helston has pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud totalling £5,941.76.

The case at Truro Magistrates Court on Friday saw Amanda Mather (43) of Castle Green, Helston pleaded guilty to two counts of benefit fraud after failing to promptly report to Cornwall Council that her household set-up had changed.

She also failied to promptly report that she was in receipt of increased earnings. 

Miss Hurrell was fined £100 and also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and £50 towards the council’s investigation and legal costs.

The overpaid benefits are being recovered by Cornwall Council separately from the court action.

Cornwall Council operates a confidential fraud hotline on freephone 0800 7316125.