Doubt cast in court over allegations Hucknall woman was dishonestly claiming income support

Confusion reigns over whether or not a Hucknall woman should be prosecuted for illegally obtaining benefits, a court heard.

Stacy Wadsley (32), of Salterford Road, is accused of failing to inform the relevant authorities that she was living, as wife and husband, in the same house with Daniel Thrower.

As a result, she faces three charges of dishonesty relating to the claiming of income support from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) between September 2006 and January 2012; the claiming of housing and council tax benefit from Ashfield District Council between June 2009 and January 2012; and the claiming of housing and council tax benefit from Nottingham City Council between September 2006 and May 2009.

However, when Wadsley appeared before Nottingham Magistrates Court this week to respond to the charges, doubt was cast over the validity of the allegations.

David Henson (defending) said: “Information has come to light that seem to undermine the allegation that Miss Wadsley was living with Mr Thrower.

“The DWP has received similar information, so an application has been made for more information, possibly with a view to getting a witness statement from Mr Thrower.”

David Miles (prosecuting) confirmed that the DWP is attempting to interview Mr Thrower, and agreed to an adjournment of the case.

Wadsley was duly remanded on unconditional bail until Monday 17th February.