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Kingsway woman admits cheating state out of thousands in benefits fraud

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 18, 2014

CheltenhamMagistratesCourt

A Kingsway woman has admitted cheating the state out of tens of thousands of pounds in benefits by failing to reveal she was living with a partner.

Christine Jones, 41, of Lyneham Drive, pleaded guilty to failing to notify Gloucester City Council and the Department of Work and Pensions of a change in her entitlement to benefits between November 2008 and August 2013.

The prosecution at Gloucester Crown Court allege that she claimed a total of more than £56,000 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

Her partner, Andrew Batchelor, 36, of the same address denied two offences of dishonestly causing or allowing Jones to fail to notify her change of status.

He was bailed pending a plea and case management hearing on August 8 and trial in the week of October 13.

Judge William Hart also bailed Jones, telling her she would not be sentenced until after Batchelor’s trial.

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