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Tredworth woman warned of possible jail term for claiming dead mum's benefits

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 23, 2014

Gloucester Crown Court

A WOMAN has admitted claiming her dead mum’s benefits and withdrawing funds from her bank.

Renata Nistorova pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud at Gloucester Crown Court.

The 42-year-old, of St James Street, Tredworth, spoke via a Slovakian translator to make her three guilty pleas.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC said she was at risk of going to jail given the length of time she carried on the con.

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Nistorova admitted fraud between December 21, 2008 and September 2, 2013 by making a false representation to Lloyds TSB to withdraw cash under the name of her dead mum, Jolena Fedakova.

She also pleaded guilty to a second count of the same charge between October 30, 2008 and May 4, 2009.

She admitted a third charge of on January 5, 2011 making a false representation that she was her mum to the Department of Work and Pensions.

The court heard no figures relating to how much Nistorova had gained from the con, but prosecutor Simon Goodman said he believed they would be agreed.

A previous court hearing heard Nistorova, who has lived in the country for 10 years, could have gained more than £30,000 from the swindle.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC said: “This is a long standing fraud and she is in danger of being sent to prison.

“You will have to attend a meeting with a member of the probation service who will prepare a report about you,” he told her.

“If you don’t attend that meeting, there will be no second chances and you will be sentenced without a report, which will be to your detriment.”

He ordered she undergo a pre-sentence report before sentencing on April 11 at the same court.

She was released on unconditional bail.

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