Court or­ders ben­e­fits cheat mum to pay back cash

51-year-old took £57,000

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS - By Ali­son Ren­nie

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

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