Supermarket worker’s £7,000 benefits fiddle
A supermarket worker from Hawick has admitted receiving more than £7,000 in benefits that she was not entitled to.
Forty-four-year-old Mandie Murray pleaded guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to receiving a total of £7,090 in housing benefit and carer’s allowance over a two-year period.
Depute procurator fiscal Tessa Bradley told the hearing the accused was working part-time in Sainsbury’s in Hawick and her hours of work were increased, but she did not declare them.
Murray’s solicitor, Fiona Hamilton, said: “It was always something she was going to do, but never got round to it.”
After being told Murray, who lives at Drumlanrig Court, had already started repaying the money, Sheriff Kevin Drummond ordered her to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work during the next six months.