28 Sep 2017

Woman admits comprehensive benefit frauds over 8 years

A Monkton woman claimed more than £68,000 in benefits she was not entitled to, a court has heard.

Carol Coote, 51, pleaded guilty to four charges of benefit fraud when she appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday, September 26.

The court heard that she had dishonesty failed to notify of a change in circumstances affecting her entitlement to income support, council tax benefit, housing benefit and employment and support allowance.

Coote failed to tell Pembrokeshire County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions that she was living as a couple with Mark Greenwood.

She was over paid a total of £68,307.67 during the offences, which took place between 2008 and 2016.

Magistrates sent the case to the crown court for sentencing, and released Coote on unconditional bail.

She will next appear at Swansea Crown Court on October 24.


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