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Up and about: Surveillance footage of Tracey Shellard on a shopping trip recorded by Department for Work and Pensions investigators proved to be crucial evidence in convicting her of benefit fraud Caught in the act: Tracey Shellard, 49, of Wythenshawe, Manchester, pictured centre, was filmed carrying a television during a DWP sting - despite saying she was too fat to make a cup of tea Spending spree: Tracey Shellard, who claimed to be too fat to work, was caught by undercover investigators buying a flat screen TV Jonathan Rogers, prosecuting, told the court that Shellard had been overpaid a total of £98, although she would have been entitled to £8, of the cash in tax credits if she had been honest.
She claimed disability living allowance fromwith payments increased to a higher rate after she detailed health problems linked to her obesity.
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However, inShellard began getting more exercise and lost eight stone. Byshe had lost a further ten stone.
Shellard also lied about living alone to rake in slimming daisy tea support, housing benefit, and council tax benefit. In fact, she was living with her husband of 23 years, who was in work and supporting her financially. She told officers: 'If I had help I would go everywhere - I just want to be normal, but I know that will never be.