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£20,000 benefit fraudster took foreign holidays with husband

Elizabeth Moir Image copyright Alan Richardson
Image caption Elizabeth Moir claimed to have separated from her husband in 2010

A £20,000 benefit fraudster went on foreign holidays with her husband while claiming to be a single mother, a court has heard.

Elizabeth Moir told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) she had split from her husband Ian in 2010.

But neighbours told investigators that the couple were still living together with their children.

Moir, 52, will be sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court in December after admitting the deception.

Depute fiscal Trina Sinclair told the court: "In October 2010 she notified the DWP they had separated.

"At annual reviews she declared some changes in her circumstances but maintained she was single."

'Holidays abroad'

Miss Sinclair said the couple maintained two joint bank accounts and were both on Moir's car insurance policy.

She said: "They had also been taking holidays abroad together.

"The accused's husband denied any knowledge of a joint tax credit claim.

"He said he had returned to the matrimonial home in 2010 but that they had remained separate until 2012 when they reconciled.

"Neighbours said they had lived together at the property as a family for at least 10 years."

Moir, from Dundee, pleaded guilty to a charge under the Tax Credits Act committed between October 2010 and August 2013.

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC deferred sentence until 22 December for reports.

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