Maria Pridmore, 36, from Spalding in Lincolnshire, was jailed for three years
A mother who swindled £50,000 and claimed benefits for two dead children has been ordered to pay back just £1.
Maria Pridmore, 36, from Spalding in Lincolnshire, was jailed for three years after admitting a string of frauds, including nearly £17,000 in housing benefit, council tax and income support.
She pocketed child benefits in the name of her newborn son Kia who died when he was just two weeks old in December 2009.
She also targeted a vulnerable 84-year-old dementia sufferer, clocking up a £6,000 bill on her credit cards and even using one of them to pay for a taxi journey to court where she was answering theft charges against the pensioner.
Pridmore also pocketed more than £30,000 from friends and two elderly women, and used the bank details of one of her victims to pay for a £60 taxi fare to attend a court hearing.
She was described as a ‘complete and utter Walter Mitty character’ when she was sentenced in court in August.
Yesterday, she appeared at Lincoln Crown Court, via video link, from Drake Hall prison in Staffordshire.
The court was told that despite financially benefiting, she had no available assets which could be confiscated in order to repay her victims.
Judge Simon Hirst ruled that a nominal sum of £1 should be paid, according to the BBC.
During her hearing earlier this year, the court heard how Pridmore suffered 14 miscarriages, a stillbirth and the loss of Kia, over a 13-year period before finally having a healthy daughter in 2012.
The former nurse swindled £16,931 worth of handouts over a three-year period after failing to inform the authorities of a change in her circumstances.
Pridmore was told she would serve half of her sentence when she would then be released on licence
In total she illegally netted over £55,000 from the fraud as well as using vulnerable victims’ bank details and stealing from her own family.
At an earlier hearing she admitted seven charges of benefit fraud between January 2001 and March 2013.
She also pleaded guilty to seven charges of fraud and two of theft between March 2013 and May 2015.
Pridmore was told she would serve half of her sentence when she would then be released on licence.