Court orders benefits cheat mum to pay back cash
51-year-old took £57,000
A MUM who cheated her way to nearly £60,000 in benefits was today facing having to repay the public purse.
Gillian Morris took tens of thousands of pounds in benefits she was not entitled to, by lying to officials about her personal circumstances.
The 51-year-old, whose address was listed in court papers as 2 Cookston Cottages, Ellon, was sent to prison for 11 months at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in January.
Officials at the Crown Office said a confiscation order totalling £46,855 in connection with the offences had been made against Morris.
T h e mu m h a d p r e v i o u s l y been convicted of housing benefit fraud, income support tax fraud and council tax fraud, totalling £56,841, between December 1997 and September 2008.
She lied to officials by telling them she was a single mother living in rented accommodation with no money.
But the truth was she lived with her husband and shared a joint bank account.
Lindsey Miller, head of the Crown Office serious and organised crime division, said: “Gillian Morris lied about her circumstances to over claim income support benefit and housing benefit and underpay council tax over a period of almost 11 years.
“In committing these crimes, she obtained funds from the public