Abersychan woman could face jail for £108,000 benefit fraud
11:20am Saturday 20th October 2012 in News
A PONTYPOOL woman could face prison after she admitted stealing almost £108,000 in benefits, a court heard yesterday.
Paula Carton, 49, of Snatchwood Road, Abersychan, stole the money over a nine year period.
Carton stood in the dock at Newport Crown Court yesterday and entered guilty pleas to all four offences.
This included the theft of £54,817 between September 21, 2002, and October 16, 2008, of money belonging to the Department of Work and Pensions.
She also stole £46,332.51 from Torfaen council between September 23, 2002, and June last year and another £6,566.25 from the council between September 23, 2002, and October 9, 2008.
Carton admitted one count of fraud which was committed between January 15, 2007, and October 16, 2008, where she dishonestly failed to disclose information including that she was residing with Richard Wellesby and which affected the income support she was entitled to.
A spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions said Carton was dishonestly claiming housing benefit and income support.
Carton's defence barrister said there are "very, very extenuating circumstances" in this case and said Carton is a woman of previous good character.
Judge Niclas Parry told Carton she had had the "good sense" to plead guilty as she will be given maximum credit for her guilty pleas.
He adjourned the case until November 12 for reports to be carried out and ordered Carton to meet with a probation officer.
He said: "It's very important that the court knows as much as it can about you."
The judge released Carton on unconditional bail.
He told her: "I'd be misleading you if I did not tell you to prepare for custody but we'll see what happens on November 12."
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