£8000 to re­pay in ben­e­fits

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Court reporter

A ben­e­fits cheat who pock­eted £8000 of tax cred­its fraud­u­lently has been ordered to stump up the cash.

Abi­gail Dignon, of Beech­wood Drive in Bon­hill, ap­peared at Dumbarton Sher­iff Court last week af­ter pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ting wrongly claim­ing work­ing tax credit and also child tax credit.

She pleaded guilty to know­ingly claim­ing the ben­e­fits when she should not have done.

The 28-year-old claimed to be a lone par­ent to pocket the tax cred­its but the truth was that she main­tained a com­mon house­hold with a man who was in full-time em­plo­ment.

The of­fence hap­pened be­tween Jan­uary 3, 2015 and De­cem­ber 16, 2015.

Jonathan Paul, de­fend­ing, said Dignon had the money in place to pay off the amount owed.

Sher­iff Si­mon Pen­der de­ferred sen­tence un­til Novem­ber 17 for a social work re­port and re­stric­tion of lib­erty or­der as­sess­ment.

He also asked for proof of re­pay­ment to be pro­duced.

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