Whitehaven woman claimed dead father's pension

A Cumbrian woman who claimed her father's work-related pension for five years after his death has been given a suspended sentence.

Angela Hewitt also forged the signature of former coal miner Gordon Parkinson to change his address to hers.

She claimed more than £27,000 before the deception was discovered.

The 48-year-old, of High Road in Whitehaven, Cumbria, pleaded guilty to fraud and was given an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years.

Carlisle Crown Court heard she took the first payment to give her father "the kind of funeral he deserved".

She then found it so easy to take the money that she failed to inform the authorities of his death.

Sentencing, the judge at Carlisle Crown Court also ordered her to do 200 hours' community work.

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