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Benefits cheat told she faces jail after defrauding taxpayers out of more than £30,000

A woman who for over a decade defrauded taxpayers out of more than £30,000 has been warned she could be facing a jail sentence.

Benefits cheat Linda Burke admitted the offence when she appeared before a judge at Cardiff Crown Court today.

The 50-year-old, from Gabalfa, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions and Cardiff council about a change in her circumstances which would have affected her entitlement to public support.

She admitted failing to inform those concerned that she was living “in a common household” with a man named Robert Taylor.

The offences were committed between October 2001 and July 2011.

The total amount claimed illegally, which had originally been alleged to have totalled over £40,000, was agreed yesterday by prosecutors and the defence, as being £30,313.

Defence barrister Karl Williams said Burke was a woman of previous clean character and asked for reports to be prepared by a probation officer before sentence is passed on her.

Judge Christopher Vosper QC agreed to adjourn for details of her background and circumstances to made available and ordered Burke to return to court on July 12.

He bailed her to live at her home in Aberporth Road, telling her: “You must realise the court, in granting you bail is not telling you what your sentence is likely to be – that will be up to the sentencing judge.

“And it may be you will not be released on that day.”

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