Woman on fraud rap seeks review
A woman accused of £7,000 benefit fraud has asked the Department for Work and Pensions to re-examine her situation – in a bid to beat the prosecution.
Lesley Dargo, of Murray Street, Renfrew, is said to have claimed £ 7,270.81 in Employment Support Allowance she was not entitled to between September 2011 and February this year.
Prosecutors claim she broke Section 111A( 1A) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 by “failing to give prompt notification in the prescribed manner” to DWP officials that she was “in receipt of an occupational pension”.
She maintains her innocence and appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court on Tuesday on crutches.
Prosecutor Colin Wilson told the court that the DWP were currently considering a “mandatory reconsideration” – an appeal from Dargo against their decision.
Sheriff Colin Pettigrew said: “You’ve made a request for the benefits agency to reconsider the position.
“It may well be determined that the prosecution is not appropriate.”
He then discharged the trial date that had been assigned and fixed a further court hearing for November, telling Dargo: “You don’t have to come along.
“A solicitor will represent you in November and tell you and tell you what happens as far as the court is concerned.
“Yo u ’ r e excused attendance until you hear to the contrary.”