AN ALLOA woman has been fined £520 after carrying out a benefits fraud that brought in £8,665.

Sherlene Wright, of The Braes, appeared for sentencing at Alloa Sheriff Court on Thursday, May 11.

The 47-year-old previously admitted that between January 19, 2018, and April 16, 2019, she knowingly made a false statement to the DWP on a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) application form.

She misrepresented her mobility and daily living needs in that her mobility had improved, no longer required a high level of assistance and obtained £8,665 to which she was not entitled.

Defence solicitor Charlotte Watt said her client's health has fluctuated over the years and has now worsened again to the extent that her PIP has been reinstated.

Sheriff Neil Bowie then fined Wright £520.

He then said: "That does not reflect the sum involved but no doubt the DWP will recover the sum through deductions from benefits."