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'No escape' for Isle of Man benefit cheats

An MHK has warned "there is no escape for benefit cheats" after a civil servant was convicted of benefit fraud.

Patricia Dunne failed to declare that she was living with her partner while claiming Family Income Supplement.

Dunne, an employee at the Department of Health and Social Security, was ordered to do 150 hours of community service.

Bill Henderson MHK said: "I hope this case will demonstrate to the public that there is no escape for benefit cheats in society today."

The member for Social Security Division added: "No matter who you are, if you are caught you can expect the department to take the strongest action against you."

Dunne was also ordered to pay £250 in costs at the hearing in Court of Summary Jurisdiction on Friday.

She has been suspended from her duties, pending a disciplinary hearing, a department spokesman said.

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