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Tullibody woman guilty of dead mother pension fraud

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Image caption Ruth Munro was ordered to reappear at court in November

A woman has admitted pretending her dead mother was still alive for more than 20 years so she could carry on drawing her pension.

Ruth Munro's mother, Margaret McPartlin, died in September 1993 aged 73.

But a court heard she continued to draw Ms McPartlin's pensions from British Steel Corporation and Diageo.

Munro, 67, from Tullibody, Clackmannanshire, admitted defrauding the schemes of £18,577.

Alloa Sheriff Court was told that between 1993 and May 2015 - by which time Ms McPartlin would have been 94 - she pretended to the administrators of both pension schemes that her mother was still alive.

Sheriff Linda Smith deferred sentence for a criminal justice social work report until 10 November and ordered Munro to reappear then.

She said: "I'll continue this for reports to be made available."

It is expected that Munro's solicitor, Jay Goodwillie, will outline mitigating circumstances at the November hearing.

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