£70k benefit fraudster breached community work order

Sarah Alison at Dundee Sheriff Court in 2015

A 36-year-old Dundee woman, who avoided jail after fraudulently claiming benefits worth £70,000, breached the community payback order she was placed on as an alternative to custody.

Sarah Allison — whose address was given as St Fillans Road — admitted breaching the order by failing to comply with social workers when she appeared at the city’s sheriff court.

Allison had previously admitted defrauding the Department for Work and Pensions at a property in Linksfield, Tayport, over a four-year period between 2009 and 2013.

She committed the fraud by failing to declare to benefit bosses that she was maintaining a common household with Graham Thomson, fraudulently claiming income support worth £60,000.

That crime took place between April 7 2009 and March 29 2013.

Allison also admitted fraudulently claiming housing and council tax benefit worth £10,000 between September 18 2009 and March 31 2013.

Sentence was deferred until November 20 for Sheriff George Way to deal with the matter.