Ben­e­fit cheat net­ted £36,000

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

A WO­MAN who fraud­u­lently claimed more than £36,000 in ben­e­fits will be sen­tenced at crown court.

Pa­tri­cia Cowie, 52, of Wot­ton Road, Ash­ford, ad­mit­ted 11 charges of ben­e­fit fraud when she ap­peared at Ash­ford mag­is­trates court on Fri­day.

She asked for a fur­ther 22 counts to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

The court heard how she had been paid £17,870 in hous­ing and coun­cil tax ben­e­fit from Ash­ford coun­cil and £18,720 in in­come sup­port from 2000 to 2005. But an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the coun­cil re­vealed that she had been in full-time work through­out the five years and was, there­fore, not en­ti­tled to th­ese amounts.

Dur­ing this time she worked as a cus­tomer ad­viser at B&Q and at Or­bital Mar­ket­ing Ser­vices Group.

Mag­is­trates re­ferred the case to Maid­stone crown court for sen­tenc­ing.

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