Tyneside benefit cheat woman to repay 25k

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A Tyneside woman has been ordered to pay back more than £25,000 after making false benefit claims.

June Cotcher, 65, of Bodmin Close, Wallsend, was ordered to pay the money within six months or face prison, at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday.

In 2009, she pleaded guilty to two counts of providing false statements for benefit payouts.

She was given a 40 week prison sentence, suspended for two years and a 12 month supervision order.

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