A mother who claimed more than Â£30,000 in disability handouts after saying she was too frail to get out of bed was filmed working a 48-hour week running a team of cleaners.
Christine Whittle-Morley, 47, received benefits to pay for round-the-clock care after saying her mobility was so restricted she needed help getting dressed and washing herself.
But the mother-of-two, who also claimed it took her 30minutes to walk 14metres, had actually been working a 48-hour week for six years as a team leader for a cleaning company at up to 45 different sites.
Benefits investigators acting on a tip-off used CCTV cameras at St Helens shopping centre in Merseyside to film her using vacuum cleaners and walking over a mile a day as she swept corridors and provided training for other staff.
Liverpool Crown Court was told Whittle-Morley had at first legitimately secured the highest rate of disability living allowance in the 1990s after claiming on her forms she was in 'severe pain'.
She said she had to to be accompanied outside her home in case she fell over and that she used a walking stick at all times.
Whittle-Morley also declared she needed 24-hour personal care as she needed help with getting out of bed, dressing, bathing, using the toilet and moving around indoors.
She later claimed income support and incapacity benefit for herself and her daughter on the grounds she was unfit for work.
But she was exposed as fake last year when a tip-off revealed she had been working for the cleaning company since 2002. She had never told her employers about her alleged disabilities yet worked at a string of business premises.
Whittle-Morley - who has a previous conviction for theft from an employer - admitted two counts of benefit fraud totalling an overpayment of Â£30,934.
Her lawyers claimed the benefits claims were not fraudulent from the outset and the court case had 'deeply affected' her health. She said she believed her initial legitimate claim meant she would 'be on benefits for life'.
What do you think this bit of shit she got for this?
Answer :80 hours unpaid work and a two month night time tag.
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