08:00 Saturday 09 November 2013

Mum fleeced £27,000

Written bySARAH BOULD

A WOMAN has admitted swindling almost £27,000 from the public purse.

Selina Winson, 43, of Hunter Street, Burton, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court where she pleaded guilty to charges of failing to notify the relevant authorities for more than two years that she was living with her husband.

The court heard that the total figure that Winson wrongly claimed from taxpayers amounted to £26,935.

Between May 2010 and May 2012 Winson failed to tell the Department for Work and Pensions about her change in circumstances, the court heard.

She continued to over claim housing benefits between May 2010 and November 2012, failing to notify Stafford Borough Council that she was living with her husband, Christopher Baugh.

Winson sobbed as she stood before magistrates, accompanied by her daughter.

The case was adjourned for a week in order for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said: “The amount was in excess of £26,000, the actual amount being £26,935. It is a significant amount and I think we (the Crown Prosecution Service) may feel a pre- sentence report is necessary.”

Defending, Neil O’Driscoll, requested the case was adjourned for a week.

Winson will appear before the court again on November 13.

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