North West Wales

Bank manager and partner admit defrauding Gwynedd council of £35,100

A bank manager and her partner have admitted conspiring to defraud Gwynedd council of more than £35,000.

Julie Harvey, 53, and Peter Harvey, 66, from Blaenau Ffestiniog, defrauded the local authority of benefits between 1993 and 2009.

Mr Harvey said he was a single man and a tenant of a property.

He also admitted conspiracy to defraud the Department for Work and Pensions of £38,900, a charge which his bank manager partner denied.

Judge Merfyn Hughes QC ordered that this charge against her should lie on file.

The couple were bailed for pre-sentence reports at Caernarfon Crown Court, but the judge warned them: "It doesn't mean you will not be going to custody."

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