When it comes to pulling off a scam some might say it's not a good idea to post incriminating evidence of it on Facebook.

But that's exactly what Jacqueline Blake did after she scrounged £13,000 in benefits by falsely claiming she was single.

Blake pocketed allowances by wrongly claiming she was living alone - then posted pictures of her white wedding to husband George on the social media site along with further snaps of the couple's honeymoon in New York.

Pictures showed Blake on a helicopter ride above the Statue of Liberty posing at the top of the Empire State building and sightseeing in Times Square and Central Park.

She was also pictured with a waxwork dummy of Morgan Freeman outside Madam Tussauds in the Big Apple and also at the NBC studios.

Eventually the photos were spotted by DWP investigators who discovered Blake, formerly of Colne, Lancs, had been living with George for almost four months before the nuptials and carried on the fraud after the ceremony in August 2014.

It emerged she wrote to the Department for Work and Pensions telling them she wanted to change her surname to her maiden name following her divorce from her first husband - but failed to mention she was due to be marry again in just 48 hours.

Blake, who was receiving housing benefit and employment and support allowance, owned up to the year-long scam - but claimed her actions had been more of an oversight than deceit.

At Burnley magistrates court, Blake admitted two counts of dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstances was given a 12 month community order and was ordered to pay costs. Cavendish Press' coverage of the case went in the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Sun and the Daily Express and various other newspapers and websites.

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