Sat, 04 Sep 2010
A mother of nine claimed almost £63,000 in benefits by pretending she was single despite living with her husband in their caravan.
Chavelle Price, 33, told the council she lived alone on a travellers’ site which featured on the Channel 4 series My Big Fat Gipsy Wedding last year.
But investigators discovered she was actually living with her husband Patrick Dunne on the Coven Heath site, near Wolverhampton.
She originally told the Department for Work and Pensions that she was living in her parents’ caravan after separating from her husband in 1997.
However, all of her children, born between 1997 and 2008, had Mr Dunne listed as the father on their birth certificates.
Appearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday, Price pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming benefits between June 3, 1999, and December 10, 2010.
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