Woman who lied she was single mom to get state handouts worth $25k caught when online posts showed she lived with boyfriend
The judge told Ratecka she "knew what she was doing", owing to her job in the benefits department of Cardiff Council
A new report says that a mother, who pretended to be single, fiddled more than £20,000 in handouts while working in her local council's benefits department. Edyta Ratecka, who hails from Birchgrove, Cardiff, reportedly lied about being a single mother, and her lie was caught through Facebook pictures, which showed she lived with her boyfriend.
According to reports, Ratecka, who is Polish, claimed benefits while living with boyfriend Daniel Thomas and her daughter, and later she gave birth to her own twins with him. There were a lot of social media pictures that showed the family celebrating holidays and Christmas together.
Prosecutor Nuhu Gobir said, "Information came to light she was living with her partner and an investigation was launched into her benefits claim. Evidence was obtained her partner Daniel Thomas was in full-time employment and was living with her while she was claiming benefit."
"She was invited to an interview with investigators under caution. She said she didn't live with Thomas but he stayed sometimes to help with the children. She was presented with all the evidence in the interview but could offer no reasonable explanation for why she did not notify the council and HMRC about a change in her circumstances."
According to Cardiff Crown Court, Ratecka claimed a total of £20,492 between 2013 and 2016.
She pleaded guilty to fraudulent activity, making a false representation to obtain benefits, and of dishonestly failing to notify a change in circumstances, and was handed a 24-week suspended sentence.
Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke said: "You were working for a benefit section of Cardiff council so you were aware of what you were doing."
She was also ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work, complete a six-day rehabilitation activity requirement, and to pay £300.