Benefits cheat caught in zumba class after claiming £30,000 in disability support

NB Look for the woman in the red trousers

A woman claimed over £30,000 in benefits for her severe disability before she was revealed to be a fraud – after she was spotted dancing at a zumba class.

Mary Thirsk, 44, told authorities that she could hardly walk and had been paid thousands of pounds worth of benefits as a result.

But undercover investigators looking into her case found that not only could she walk – she could leap around at a zumba class.

Investigators also observed Thirsk carrying bales of hay and riding horses.while claiming she had a debilitating disability.

Benefits cheat caught in zumba class after claiming £30,000 in disability support
Convicted benefits cheat Mary Thirsk, 44 (Picture: Ross Parry/Facebook)

Thirsk claimed over £30,000 before she was found out by the Department of Work and Pensions.

An investigator, who filmed the benefits cheat, told Blackpool Magistrates Court: ‘She was dancing on one leg, waving her arms around for about 40 minutes.’

Thirsk admitted to five offences of failing to notify a change in her circumstances and was given a 14-week suspended prison sentence and 12 months supervision.

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21 November 2014 | 6:10 pm – Source:


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