£24k benefit fraudster gets community payback order

Yvonne Cordiner claimed almost �24,000 over four years. Picture: contributed

Yvonne Cordiner claimed almost �24,000 over four years. Picture: contributed

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A HADDINGTON woman who admitted to cheating taxpayers out of thousands of pounds has been handed a community payback order.

Yvonne Cordiner claimed almost £24,000 from the Department of Work and Pensions and the local authority over a four-year period.

Cordiner, from Fortune Avenue, informed both authorities that she was living at her home alone when in fact she was co-habiting with husband James Cordiner.

Cordiner pleaded guilty to benefit fraud at an earlier hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month and sentence had been deferred.

She pleaded guilty to a charge of obtaining £14,058.90 in Income Support from the Department of Work and Pensions after informing them she did not have a partner when she knew the truth to be different.

The 36-year-old was also alleged to have claimed more than £37,000 in housing and council tax benefit from East Lothian Council over the four year period.

But when she appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month Cordiner admitted to a reduced charge of claiming just £9797.41. The Haddington resident appeared back at the Capital court last Friday where she was sentenced to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Cordiner admitted to claiming £14,058.90 to which she was not entitled from the DWP between August 29, 2009, and September 24, 2013 at various addresses throughout East Lothian.

She also pleaded guilty to claiming £8399.99 in housing benefit and £1397.42 council tax benefit from the local authority between August 29, 2009, and October 14, 2013.