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Woman charged with using dead mother's name to dishonestly claim benefits

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

Gloucester Crown Court

A WOMAN has been accused of claiming her dead mum’s benefits.

Renata Nistorova, 42, of St James Street, Tredworth, appeared at Gloucester Crown Court yesterday to face charges that she falsely claimed more than £36,000.

She is accused of dishonestly claiming £33,261.95 between December 22, 2008 and September 1, 2013, by not telling the Department of Work and Pensions that her mother had died in 2008.

She also faces another charge that she dishonestly claimed £3,145.17 between October 4, 2008 and May 3, 2009 from Gloucester City Council.

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And she is alleged to have committed fraud by false representation, purporting to be her mum, Jolena Fedakova on January 5, 2011, in order to get a pension credit.

Dressed in a long black puffa jacket and grey sweater, Nistorova was accompanied by an interpreter in the dock.

A formal plea was not entered yesterday.

At a hearing in front of magistrates in Stroud last month, prosecutor Karen Grant said Mrs Fedakova died in Slovakia on December 17, 2008 and it was alleged that Nistorova continued to obtain benefits in her name.

“Pension credits, housing benefits and council tax benefits to which the defendant is not entitled are alleged to have been claimed,” said Miss Grant on Monday, January 6.

The charges, that she dishonestly failed to disclose information for her gain, are worth a total of £36,407.12.

The case was adjourned until Friday, March 21.

She was again released on unconditional bail until that hearing.

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