Woman in court over pension and benefits fraud

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A WOMAN accused of failing to disclose details of a pension while claiming income support and Jobseeker’s Allowance has appeared in court.

Stephanie Moralee is charged with failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions about a pension annuity she was receiving.

The 57-year-old denied a total of three charges at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

She entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to one count of failing to notify the DWP of a change of circumstances, namely she was in receipt of a pension annuity which affected her entitlement to income support from June 28, 2007, to September 17, 2008.

She also denies making a false statement to obtain Jobseeker’s allowance on January 14, 2011.

Moralee also pleaded ‘not guilty’ to dishonestly failing to disclose information to make a gain for herself, when claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance between October 10, 2008, and August 11, 2010.

Magistrates accepted jurisdiction for the case.

Moralee, of Windmill Hill, South Shields, will be back at court for her trial on October 3.