Mum jailed for £350,000 fraud

A cheating mother of eight found guilty of fraudulently receiving more than £350,000 in benefits and tax credits by claiming some of her children had disabilities and conditions faces jail today.

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Sussex woman guilty of one of biggest benefit frauds ever

Amanda Webber, 43, leaving Brighton Crown Court in Brighton, East Sussex Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Amanda Webber, 43, was responsible for one of the biggest single benefit fraud overpayments ever recorded, according to Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) officials.

She fooled authorities by making claims on the basis that five of her eight children suffered various disabilities and conditions which affected their care and mobility needs, a five-week trial at Brighton Crown Court heard.

Prosecutors said that despite the reputed health problems they suffered, the children led active lives, taking part in PE classes and other activities, including music, drama and dance without signs of difficulties - and some auditioned for ITV's Britain's Got Talent.

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