A Tuffley couple who have admitted a £49,900 benefits fraud were warned by a judge yesterday that they are 'likely to be going to prison.'
Trina Leray, 33, of Falfield rd, Tuffley, pleaded guilty at Gloucester crown court to dishonestly failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions between Jan 2007 and Aug 2012 that she was 'maintaining a common household' with Peter Farncombe, also 33.
The charge said the amount of benefit she was entitled to would be affected by the fact that Farncombe was living with her.
She admitted a second charge of failing to notify the London Borough of Wandsworth of her situation while claiming benefits.
Farncombe, of the same address, admitted charge of using or possessing criminal property from 2007 to 2012 - namely housing and council tax and Income Support benefits which he knew Leray was wrongly claiming.
Prosecutor Christopher Jervis said the total amount involved in their scam is £49,087. They have repaid £3,700.
Bailing them until 19th May for pre-sentence reports Judge Jamie Tabor QC warned "This is a lot of money and you will likely be going to prison."