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Fife woman admits fraudulently claiming nearly £13k in benefits

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.
Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

A Glenrothes woman has pled guilty to fraudulently claiming almost £13,000 in benefits.

Kelly Young appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Thursday where she admitted two charges of stealing tax credits and housing benefit.

The 25-year-old admitted falsely claiming £9194 in tax credits from HMRC after stating she lived alone between March 20 2015 and October 5 2016.

The young mother was, in fact, living with her partner Martyn Stewart, who was in paid employment during the 15 month period.

The court also heard how the fraudster falsely claimed £3772 in housing benefit from Fife Council.

The charge stated she failed to promptly notify the prescribed person in a timely manner to a change in her circumstances which affected her entitlement.

Young, of Halidon Place in Glenrothes, spoke only to confirm her guilty plea to Sheriff Pino Di Emidio.

She was ordered to undergo various reports and will be accessed to see if she is suitable for a Restriction of Liberty order.

The first-offender was told to return to court on May 17 when she will be sentenced.

Sheriff Di Emidio said: “I’m going to call for a Criminal Justice Social Work report

“As you appear in front of me as a first offender, it would is very important that you cooperate with these reports.

“Once these reports have been done, I will decided how to deal with this matter.”

Young was originally charged with fraudulently claiming more than £26,000 in both housing and tax credits.

She initially pled not guilty to the two charges at previous hearings.

But she yesterday admitted the amended charges which state that she claimed £12,966 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

The dates in between which she was alleged to have stolen the benefits were also changed.

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