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Inverness fraudster fined as she's given six months to repay money

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Sheriff Court is at Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Sheriff Court is at Inverness Justice Centre.

A hotel waitress who unlawfully obtained benefits totalling over £10,000 has been given six months to repay the cash.

Sentence had previously been deferred several times for 40-year-old Laura Frost, of Rosehaugh Road, Inverness, to make repayments.

Sheriff Sara Matheson heard at Frost's latest hearing this week that she had increased her payments to £250-a-month after continuing problems deducting the money at source.

Frost had admitted fraudulently receiving £6004.25 of income support and £4255.15 in housing benefit between April 24, 2018 and September 22, 2019.

Fiscal depute David Morton said she had failed to declare she was cohabiting, claiming as a single parent.

The court heard Frost had been separated from her husband but became unwell and he returned to assist with childcare.

Solicitor Marc Dickson told Inverness Sheriff Court that payments would continue to be made and Sheriff Matheson decided to "draw a line under the matter" and fined Frost £360.

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