A MOTHER-OF-THREE has been given a suspended jail term after claiming about £24,000 in benefits over six years while working part-time.
Lisa Long, 35, claimed income support, housing benefit and jobseekers' allowance between 2004 and 2010 and had part-time jobs at a golf course and a security firm, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.
She was given a 32-week jail sentence, suspended for a year and a 16-week curfew.
Anne Wroe, prosecuting, said Long, of Probert Avenue, Goldthorpe, never told the Department of Work and Pensions that she was working.
She said: "This goes back to 2004. She claimed about £34,000 which is a substantial amount.
"Miss Long accepted she signed on for a variety of benefits every two weeks and never said her circumstances had changed.
"It seems impossible to believe she did not know she should not have continued claiming the benefits she did."
Morgan Hogarth, defending, said Long would have been entitled to reduced benefits when she started working part-time.
He said she had been confused about her benefits entitlement and there had been a misunderstanding.
Long admitted four charges of benefit fraud. She was ordered to attend 25 sessions at a project for women.