AN IMMIGRANT who fraudulently claimed more than £14,200 in benefits has avoided jail.

Ethiopian Kuku Alemu failed to notify the Department of Work and Pensions and Stoke-on-Trent City Council that her partner Robert Aklilo was living with her.

The mother-of-two, of Crossley Road, Stanfields, submitted a legitimate claim in 2007 stating that she was a lone parent.

However an investigation revealed that Mr Aklilo, who is the father to her two children, had later moved into the property.

North Staffordshire Magistrates heard that Mr Aklilo had given the address as his home to two employers. The pair had also set up a joint bank account where the address was once again used.

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[Quick note from SWN – of course we won’t be deporting the lot of them, they’ll probably pay it back at a fiver a week out of benefits!]