Woman to face £85,000 benefit fraud trial

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court
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A SCARBOROUGH woman has appeared in court accused of fraudulently claiming almost £85,000 in benefits.

Carol Blackburn, 58, of Prospect Park, faces charges for six offences which she is said to have committed between January 2003 and August 2008.

She is alleged to have failed to inform authorities that she was married and living with her husband.

Blackburn is also alleged to have failed to disclose the existence of a joint bank account which she shared with her husband. David Kitson, prosecuting, told Scarborough Magistrates’ Court that Blackburn had been charged with wrongfully claiming £47,431 in housing benefit, £32,114 in housing benefit and £4,982 in housing benefit.

Blackburn opted to reserve her pleas. Magistrates decided to commit the case to York Crown Court.

She will appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on March 28 for committal proceedings.

She was granted unconditional bail.