Woman admits benefit fraud

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A Creggan woman has admitted fraudulently claiming £27,000 in benefits.

Fiona Doyle, of 53 Creggan Heights, pleaded guilty to failing to declare a change in circumstances and making a false declaration to obtain benefits.

The charges relate to claims for Income Support and Housing Benefit between August 21, 2006 and January 24, 2011, when the 46-year-old was working.

Sentencing was adjourned for a probation pre-sentence report.

Judge Piers Grant released Doyle on continuing bail to appear in court again on March 8.

However, he added: “The fact you are being admitted to bail should not be interpreted by you as an indication you will receive anything other than custodial sentence.”

The judge said the case involved a “substantial” amount of money.