A Brighton woman who falsely claimed benefits has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Tracey Anne Cox, 41, of Newick Road, Moulsecoomb, was sentenced to 40 weeks in prison, suspended for two years.
She was also ordered to do 180 hours of community service for falsely claiming more than £73,000 in benefits.
Cox claimed income support, council tax discount and housing benefit but failed to declare that she was married and living with her husband, Brighton Crown Court was told.
Her payments had been calculated on the basis that she was a single parent.
The court was told on Wednesday (20 April) that her husband Jason Bonner was living in the family home.
Father’s Day cards were spotted and wedding anniversary cards were seized.
Cox originally claimed that Mr Bonner used her address for correspondence but that they did not live together.
She later admitted that they had been living together since November 2004.
She also admitted that she should have informed the authorities of her marriage in 2000.
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