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6 Apr 2018

Benefit cheat who scammed £75k claiming to be single mum jailed for 2 years

A benefit scammer whose £75,000 fraud was rumbled after a bitter row over her dead partner’s estate has been jailed for more than two years.

The Daily Record told how Angela Clark lied about being a single mum for 12 years – while living with partner David Ellis.

He died in December 2014 following a battle with bile duct and liver cancer – sparking a row with his parents Jennifer and Stewart Ellis over a £126,000 inheritance.

The couple revealed how Clark spent hundreds of pounds on air tickets for a relative and used David’s bank account to make other purchases – just hours after his death.

Stewart, 68, said: “She has no shame. David passed away at 9pm on the Friday – on the Saturday morning she used his private account to buy the ticket for her cousin and a mattress.”

Despite lying to the DWP for 12 years that she was a single mum, her name appeared on David’s tombstone, which says “loving partner of Angela”.

Clark later told lawyers handling the row with his mother that she had been living constantly with him for almost 20 years.

Yesterday, a sheriff told Clark she had committed a “fraud on the entire community” and jailed her for 26 months.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard David had a full-time job with BT and funded the family to “go on holiday all over the world”.

Clark repeatedly told the DWP she was single to keep receiving payments totalling £75,616.05 over 12 years.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told the court: “His mother told DWP the couple had lived as husband and wife since 1995 or 1996 until his death and that he would pay most of the bills because she was ‘continually getting into debt’.”

Clark, 40, of Fintry Road, Dundee, pled guilty to a charge under the Tax Credits Act committed between 2002 and David’s death in 2014.

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Did it only come out because of a family argument?

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