Jail a possibility for Darlington benefits cheat

A WOMAN was told all sentencing options remain open – including jail – after she admitted failing to reveal a change to her personal circumstances while claiming income support benefit.

Barbara Zipfell, 35, admitted three charges of dishonestly failing to notify a change to the Department of Work and Pensions on the eve of her trial at Teesside Crown Court.

The court heard how she continued to claim income support despite living in the same household in Bright Street, Darlington, as her husband.

The case was adjourned for sentence on July 29 so that a report on her can be prepared in the meantime.

Recorder Sarah Mallett extended Zipfell’s unconditional bail.

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3:38pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Homshaw1 says...

So How much was wrongly claimed?
So How much was wrongly claimed? Homshaw1
  • Score: 2

4:59pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Trada says...

Too much, any amount falsely claimed is to much.
Too much, any amount falsely claimed is to much. Trada
  • Score: 3

12:21am Wed 9 Jul 14

Homshaw1 says...

Trada wrote:
Too much, any amount falsely claimed is to much.
Not disputing that but would like more detail in the story
[quote][p][bold]Trada[/bold] wrote: Too much, any amount falsely claimed is to much.[/p][/quote]Not disputing that but would like more detail in the story Homshaw1
  • Score: 1

7:56am Wed 9 Jul 14

Trada says...

C'mon this is the Northern Echo, it's always missing facts or figures or getting them wrong.
C'mon this is the Northern Echo, it's always missing facts or figures or getting them wrong. Trada
  • Score: 7
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