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Community service for benefit cheat Susan Jeffrey

A benefit cheat who pretended to be a single parent has been sentenced to 240 hours of community service.

A confiscation order for £6,279 was also made against Susan Jeffrey, 37, from Edinburgh, when she appeared at the city's sheriff court.

She had previously pled guilty to claiming benefits when she was living with her partner, who was employed.

Lindsey Miller, head of the Serious and Organised Crime Division, said it was "stealing from the public purse".

She said: "Many people see this as an easy way to make money, but they should be aware that they will not only be prosecuted for the offence, but will also find themselves subject to the Proceeds of Crime Act."

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