Ben­e­fits fraud cheat to carry out un­paid work

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A north-east wo­man has been spared jail af­ter fraud­u­lently claim­ing thou­sands of pounds in ben­e­fits, to which she was not en­ti­tled.

Linda El­rick was signed off work seven years ago af­ter fall­ing ill and started claim­ing em­ploy­ment sup­port al­lowance.

How­ever, she failed to tell the Depart­ment of Work and Pen­sions that her hus­band Gary El­rick had ob­tained a job and this meant she claimed £12,5000 fraud­u­lently.

And the 62-year-old ap­peared in Aberdeen Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day to be sen­tenced. Rep­re­sent­ing her, de­fence agent Les Green said his client was ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing out low in­ten­sity work as pun­ish­ment. He added: “I would ask you to look at her life­time of good be­hav­iour be­fore this.”

El­rick, whose ad­dress was given as Jes­mond Av­enue in Bridge of Don, was or­dered to carry out 200 hours of un­paid work.

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