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Ann Marie Getty fraudulently claimed £70,000 of benefits

A woman has admitted to fraudulently claiming £70,000 worth of benefits she was not entitled too.

Ann Marie Getty, 49, from Dundee, had told benefit officials she was living alone when she was actually living with her partner - who was working.

In doing so she was able to wrongly claim benefits including income support and employment and support allowance between April 2005 and March 2012.

Sentence was deferred at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Getty pleaded guilty on indictment to two charges under the Social Security Administration Act.

The court heard Getty had claimed about £40,675 in income support and ESA, along with £29,884 in housing and council tax benefits.

She had originally been charged with defrauding more than £100,000 worth of benefits but prosecutors accepted a guilty plea to taking a lesser amount.

Jim Laverty, defending, said: "There have been significant alterations and amendments to this indictment.

"There is also one piece of investigatory work that I need to complete that may form part of my mitigation."

Sheriff Kenneth McGowan deferred sentence for the Crown to prepare a full narrative of the facts of the case.

He told Getty: "You will be released on bail in the mean time."

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