An Aberdeen woman has been handed unpaid work after admitting claiming almost £18,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.
Jennifer Sievewright, also known as Morrison, received £17,901.32 in housing benefit and widowed parents allowance between August 2015 and April 2017.
The 49-year-old failed to notify Aberdeen City Council and the Department of Work and Pensions that she was living with her new husband.
Fiscal depute Sally McAuley told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “This information came to light as the DWP received anonymous intelligence.”
Sievewright appeared yesterday for sentencing having previously pled guilty of failing to give prompt notification to authorities of a change in circumstances and obtaining money she was not entitled to.
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Defence agent Michael Burnett said: “It appears to have been motivated not out of greed or desire for a lavish lifestyle but by desire to provide some security for her children.”
Sheriff Sukhwinder Gill said: “I see you offered to repay at the derisory sum of £10 per week. That would take 37 years.”
She ordered Sievewright, of West Cairncry Road, Aberdeen, to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work.
A DWP spokesman said: “Only a small minority of benefit claimants are dishonest, but cases like these show how we are catching the minority who cheat the system and divert taxpayers’ money from those who need it.”