A Maple Cross woman falsely claimed more than £11,000 in benefits after finding employment, a court heard.

Judy Alexander, of Oakhill Road, was caught out after investigators discovered she had been receiving income support, Job Seekers Allowance, Council Tax and housing benefit after failing to disclose her employment and income with a number of organisations.

Appearing at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on December 12, the 52-year-old was sentenced to a community order with a curfew and ordered to repay £11,572.66 of falsely claimed benefits.

She was further ordered to pay £90 court costs along with a £15 victim surcharge.