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Benefits cheat mum who said she could barely walk caught working in nursing home

A mum has been caught illegally claiming more than £21,000 in benefits after telling officials she could barely walk.

Collette Udall was spotted bathing, dressing and feeding frail and elderly residents in a nursing home, despite claiming disability living allowance for herself.


The 52 year old said she was so severely disabled she needed help getting out of bed and taking a shower.

She also claimed she struggled to walk without falling and could not even hold a saucepan full of water, the Manchester Evening News reports.


But investigators acting on a tip off began keeping watch on her and followed the Motability car which she was awarded due to her alleged disabilities.

They found she was working in a care home, assisting residents with bathing and showering and helping them up the stairs.

She was also seen cleaning kitchen, bathroom and living room areas and taking out the bins.

It emerged she told her employers she had no medical difficulties when she filled out her job application form.

When she was called in for interview Udall turned up without a walking aid, sat down unaided and claimed she did not think she was doing anything wrong.

Taxpayers lost £21,316.05 over a six-year period due to her fraud.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Udall, from Chadderton, Oldham admitted failing to notify a change of circumstances between December 2013 and 5th February 2019.

She was ordered to complete a two year community order.

She is paying back the money in installments.

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