A ROSYTH woman has been convicted of gaining almost £90,000 in benefits fraud.

The scam carried out by Toni Claughan, 48, of Burnside Crescent, lasted for more than five years.

Claughan was found guilty after a trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

She falsely claimed that she was living apart from her husband.

She had denied that on various occasions between February 14, 2011, and December 26, 2016, she pretended to HM Revenue and Customs that she lived alone, except for dependent children.

The truth was she was living with, and deriving financial benefit from, Michael Claughan, who was in paid employment. She thus induced the HMRC to pay her £89,915 in working tax credit and child tax credit, obtaining this amount by fraud.

Sheriff Charles MacNair called for reports and Claughan will be sentenced on January 8.