Welfare cheat who claimed she was too disabled


mumA BENEFITS cheat who swindled £81,000 ($A134,950) by claiming she was too disabled to walk more than a metre a minute was caught out by her own holiday snaps of her snorkelling.

Linda Hoey fraudulently claimed £65,244 ($A108,700) in Disability Living Allowance and used her disability car to avoid paying £15,690 ($A26,140) in M6 toll charges during a 14-year period, reports The Sun.

Hoey, 58, claimed that degenerative arthritis and back problems meant that she could only walk a metre a minute, and couldn’t stretch her arms above her head.

She was caught out when pictures from her holiday in the Maldives to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary to husband Michael were passed to the Department for Work and Pensions.

A court heard how she was also pictured on her knees altering her daughter’s wedding dress and bent over a pool table with a cue in her hand.

Inquiries also revealed that she was a member of a gym, and had been attending regular swimming and badminton lessons.

Despite claiming that her arthritis meant she was unable to work, she was employed full-time for PartsWorld, a car accessory supplier in Cannock in Staffordshire for 17 years.

Hoey, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, was found guilty of misrepresenting her benefit claim between 2001 and 2015 and misusing an exemption pass for the M6 Toll Road between 2004 and 2015 at Stafford Crown Court on Friday.