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8 Aug 2018

Plymouth woman admits £43k benefit fraud over more than three years

A woman has admitted a £43,000 benefit fraud over more than three years.

Lying Lorraine Deadman, aged 63, failed to tell the authorities she was sharing a home with her husband, a court heard. Deadman pocketed housing benefit and employment support allowance which she did not deserve.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of dishonestly failing to inform the Department for Work and Pensions and Plymouth City Council of a change of circumstances affecting her claims.

The defendant admitted at Plymouth Crown Court she failed to promptly notify them she was living with Colin Deadman between November 2013 and March last year.

Deadman, from Stonehouse, had denied the offences before city magistrates last month but changed her pleas during her first appearance at the senior court.

Will Willden, barrister for Deadman, said she had no previous convictions.

He added she had mental health and physical difficulties.

Mr Willden said that she had started paying back the money she had been overpaid.

Judge Paul Darlow adjourned sentence until September 7 for a probation report. She was released on unconditional bail.

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