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Barbara Johnstone [Image: Gazette Live].

This is not a good look for a government department that just as-good-as admitted it denied sickness and disability benefits to people under false pretences – as a matter of policy.

A Middlesbrough woman diverted over £1,400 into another account she could access while working for the Department for Work and Pensions.

Barbara Johnstone was employed by the DWP and was working at the benefits centre in Stockton when she began moving the money into another account.

Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard how the 65-year-old stole £1,498.75 between May and October this year.

The court heard that the money came from the benefits of nine people.

Johnstone… pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position.

Source: DWP worker diverted over £1,400 of people’s benefit money for own gain – Gazette Live


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