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Gravesend mum-of-three Mary Cole handed 300 hours of unpaid work for benefit fraud

26 April 2010

Maidstone Crown Courtby Julia Roberts

A mum who falsely claimed more than £43,000 in benefits has been ordered to carry out a staggering 300 hours in unpaid work.

A judge at Maidstone Crown Court made the unusual move of imposing the maximum amount of hours that can be undertaken in a year as part of a suspended sentence.

It comes after the court heard how for eight years mum-of-three Mary Cole fraudulently applied for income support and housing and council tax benefits.

The 40-year-old, of Ingoldsby Road, Gravesend, admitted a series of offences.

Read the full story in this week's Gravesend Messenger.

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