COURT IN THE ACT; Canteen Worker Appears at Her Own Workplace to Admit Pounds 12k Benefit Fraud
Byline: Keith McLeod
A COURT worker has appeared in the dock at her workplace to admit a benefits swindle of nearly pounds 12,000.
Vicky Murray, 37, claimed pounds 11,800 in Carers' Allowance over four years for looking after her deaf son, despite being employed.
Murray, now a canteen worker at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, pleaded guilty to the fraud this week.
The crime came to light while she was serving teas, coffees and snacks in the court's canteen.
But the charge related to her previous job at Brownings the Bakers, where she worked between 2003 and 2007.
A court source said: "She is well known here and a lot of people feel very sorry for her.
"But the fact is when she started work at the pie makers she was effectively telling porkies for four years while she received the cash.
It can't have been easy having to take the day off to come to the same court and appear before a sheriff.
"But the amount of money involved is a lot and she is subject to the same laws as everyone else.
"She should not have done it and she has admitted what she did was very wrong. …