Benefit cheat’s claim ‘farcical’

A BENEFIT cheat’s claim that she couldn’t afford to phone officials was described as “farcical” by a sheriff.

Elizabeth McConville received nearly £5000 in Income Support over a two-year period as a single person.

She was caught after officials were tipped off that her taxi driver husband Malcolm had returned to the household.

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At Livingston Sheriff Court yesterday, Sheriff Jack Brown ordered 31-year-old McConville, of Uphall, West Lothian, to pay back the cash at a rate of at least £100 a month, but deferred further sentencing for six months.