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Aberdeen woman Williamina Sim jailed for benefits fraud

An Aberdeen woman who fraudulently claimed more than £30,000 of unemployment benefits while working has been jailed.

Williamina Sim received the money over a period of six years while employed at the city's Pittodrie Bar.

The 55-year-old failed to tell officials that her circumstances had changed when she secured the job in June 2004.

Sim, who admitted fraud, was jailed for 10 months at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Graeme Buchanan described the crime as a "serious offence".

He said he had to send out a message that people committing such crimes would receive a "significant" sentence.

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