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Cancer con mum must pay back £16,000

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

A mum who pretended her son had cancer to claim benefits must pay back £16,000 to the state.

The woman from the Stroud area netted £85,000 in benefits she was not entitled to, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

The 36-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons,  shaved her son's head and eyebrows and forged doctors' notes to make it look like he was being treated for cancer.

Now she must pay back more than £16,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

More than £4,000 of it will go to HM Revenues and Customs and almost £12,000 will go to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Prosecutor Julian Kesner told the court financial investigators found that the £16,000 is all that's left of the money and is in a frozen bank account.