A WOMAN claimed more than £40,000 in benefits despite having large sums of money deposited in bank accounts in her name, a court heard.
Lyndsey Wright, 58, was handed a suspended prison sentence over the four year deception in which she fraudulently claimed income support and housing and council tax benefits.
Leeds Crown Court heard Wright first began making benefit claims in 1993 and they were originally legitimate.
But investigations showed the, between 2008 and 2012, Wright had sums varying between £16,000 and £51,000 in her bank accounts.
Simon Keeley, prosecuting, told the court the upper limit that could be held in a bank account by benefit claimants was £16,000.
Mr Keeley said it is a condition of all claimants that they must notify the Department of Work and Pensions of any change in circumstances and Wright failed to do so.
A total of £17,868 in income support, £22,003 in housing benefit and £3,139 in council tax was fraudulently claimed between 2008 and 2012.
Wright, of Hawksnest Gardens, Alwoodley, pleaded guilty to two offences of benefit fraud.
After being arrested Wright claimed her mother was the owner of the house where she lived and had put money her he bank account to pay for home improvements.
Mr Welford said Wright, a mother of two, had taken the decision to leave her husband in 1993 as she was the victim of domestic violence.
Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, gave Wright a six month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
Wright now faces a further investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The judge added: “I very much hope the public will get back from you £43,010.”