Interpreter Catherine Keary must sell Northam home after £33,000 benefit fiddle | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
A DIPLOMATIC corps interpreter will be forced to sell her home and move into rented accommodation so she can repay £33,000 of taxpayers money she fiddled in benefits.

Catherine Keary, 63, of Kimberley Terrace, Northam, claimed the money in income support and housing benefits by failing to disclose she was living with a partner who was working.

Exeter Crown Court

Now she has been ordered to repay the cash, with interest, or go to jail for 18 months. She has been given a year to sell her home to raise the money.

Keary admitted failing to notify a change of circumstances and two offences of making false statements when she appeared at Exeter Crown Court in May.

She was jailed for 26 weeks, suspended for 12 months and the case was adjourned for confiscation proceedings.

Keary swindled £33,795.78 between 2006 and 2011 when she was living with boyfriend Ian Caseley, who had a job.