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Fylde Civil Servant defrauded the DWP

A senior Fylde civil servant has admitted defrauding the Government department she worked for of almost £41,500.

Lauren Wainwright was a caseworker for the Department of Work and Pensions.

Blackpool Magistrates heard that between June 2017 and June 2018 she diverted money belonging to the DWP into  12 bank accounts she had set up using people's National Insurance Numbers.

Wainwright of  Alder Lane ,Thornton Cleveleys, admitted fraud by acting against the financial interests of the DWP- interests she was supposed to safeguard by making a gain of £41,466.50p for herself.

Magistrates decided the sentence she faces -up to three years jail- could only be dealt with at Preston Crown Court.

Philip Robinson,prosecuting, said that the  money involved had been transferred into the bank accounts in 54 separate payments.

He added:"An investigation took place into her work.Investigators spoke to her and she was reported for prosecution."

"She had set up  12  bank accounts using legitimate National Insurance numbers."

Wainwright was on a DWP "Fast Stream" system designed to create staff capable of taking top posts in the civil service.

Garth Price ,defending,said:"Taking account the breach of  trust and the amount involved this matter has to be dealt with by the higher court."

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