Facing trial: The mother will next appear at Gloucester Crown Court for trial in December
Mother 'shaved off her five-year-old son's hair for two years to pretend he had cancer' in ￡100k benefits fraud
A mother claimed £100,000 in benefits by pretending her young son was suffering from cancer, a court heard today.
The woman, who is from Berkeley, Gloucestershire, removed the hair from his eyebrows and made him wear a bandana as part of the deception, a hearing was told.
It is claimed she then pocketed cash from a carers’ allowance, tax exemptions and disability benefits.
The court heard that the mother of five, aged 36, who cannot be named for legal reasons, forged medical notes from doctors for her fraudulent claims.
She is accused of preventing the boy and his sister from taking part in school activities as they thought they were too unwell.
Peter Ashby, prosecuting, said the woman had allegedly been involved in fraudulent activity for more than seven years, which included a shorter period when she pretended her children were sick.
He said: ‘The defendant is alleged to have used her own two children to fraudulently obtain benefits.
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