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Ex-midwife's false benefit claims.

A FORMER midwife who failed to disclose that she had been receiving an NHS pension for over 10 years ended up with a bill for pounds 920 yesterday.

At Denbighshire Magistrates' Court in Prestatyn Norma Douglas, 61, pleaded guilty to two charges of making false claims to obtain housing benefit and two of making false claims to obtain council tax benefit in 2000 and 2001.

Stuart Dunn, prosecuting for Conwy County Borough Council, said the authority was notified by the Audit Commision Datasearch System that Douglas was receiving a pension even though she had not declared it when applying for the benefits.

When interviewed Douglas, of Cae Mor, Towyn, said she knew that she should have provided the information.

As a result, he said, she had been overpaid pounds 4,269 in housing benefit and pounds 429 in council tax benefit.

Andrew Hutchinson, defending, said she had been a midwife from 1964--1989 before being forced to retire through ill-health. She was now disabled and virtually housebound, receiving about pounds 600 a month in NHS pension. Douglas was fined pounds 500 and ordered to pay a total of pounds 420 in costs.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 6, 2002
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