A STRUGGLING single mother relying on the pension was forced to pay up after her son failed to show in Mandurah Magistrates Court.
Wendy Lawson pleaded guilty to breaching a surety undertaking.
Lawson was ordered to forfeit $3000 after her son was a no show, the court heard.
Duty counsel for Lawson told the court her client was a struggling single mother and not in a position to pay the amount.
However, clerk of the court Ernie Gobby told Magistrate Anne Longden that Lawson had lied about her financial situation when she promised to become surety for her son.
Mr Gobby said Lawson told the bailiffs she had $2000 in the bank, a $7000 car and no outstanding debts.
She actually had a car loan for $9000.
He said it was unlikely Lawson would have been allowed to become surety if they had known her true financial situation.
Magistrate Longden took pity on Lawson and ruled she could pay $500 instead of the original amount.