Woman on fraud rap seeks re­view

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

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.”

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