Woman admits stealing £14,000 in benefits

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A HADDINGTON woman has admitted to benefit fraud on much reduced charges.

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

Cordiner, of Fortune Avenue, was in fact living with husband James Cordiner at the times she was claiming the support payouts.

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 on Tuesday, Cordiner admitted to a reduced charge of claiming just £9797.41.

Cordiner had her sentence deferred to December 18 for the preparation of reports and for a restriction of liberty assessment to be carried out.

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.