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Plymouth couple, both 67, on disability benefit fraud charges

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: September 24, 2013

A HUSBAND and wife have appeared in court accused of separate benefit frauds while living under the same roof.

David Wootton and Sylvia Wootton, both aged 67, faced a judge charged with dishonestly pocketing disability payments to which they were not entitled.

She admitted at Plymouth Crown Court to falsely claiming £16,232.

Her husband denied a similar allegation and faces a trial next year.

Sylvia Wootton, of First Avenue, Plymstock, pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstances which would affect her claim for Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

She did not tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that her care and mobility needs had changed.

Mr Wootton, of the same address, denied the same offence relating to his own DLA between January 2006 and December last year.

Andrew Maitland, for the DWP, said Sylvia Wootton accepted she had fraudulently claimed the full amount alleged of £16,232. He added her version of events stated that she illegally obtained benefit between June 2008 and December 2012.

Mr Maitland said that a financial investigation was looking at how the money could be recovered.

Sylvia Wootton, who listened to proceedings from the dock with the aid of a hearing loop, was released on bail to be sentenced on November 11.

Judge Paul Darlow ordered a probation officer to prepare a report on her background.

But he warned her: “All options are open.”

The judge set down a trial for Mr Wootton to start on March 4. He was also released on bail.

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