Woman accused of ‘claiming to be her ex to pocket £40,000 in life insurance’

A woman accused of claiming to be her ex-partner to pocket nearly £40,000 in life insurance has been bailed.

Jennifer Burton, 50, appeared before magistrates charged one count of fraud by false representation on Monday.

She was sent to crown court after Teesside Magistrates Court heard she allegedly carried out the fraud for five months in 2012.

Prosecutor Rachel Butt said during the hearing that Burton falsely signed forms in relation to Phoenix Life and received a cheque of just under £40,000, TeessideLive reports.

Burton, of Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees, was accused of committing the crime in Stockton between September 1, 2012 and November 7, 2012.

She was charged with dishonestly making a false representation that she was the male victim and entitled to the proceeds of an endowment policy in order to gain a cheque of £39,646.74.

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The blonde defendant appeared in the dock wearing a black blazer and trousers and a spotted white shirt.

She entered no pleas during the short hearing.

Chair of the bench Martin Slimings told Burton that her case would have to sent to Teesside Crown Court.

He said: "Because of the high value of this offence and the breach of trust we cannot deal with this at the Magistrates' Court.

"Therefore we are going to send this at the Crown Court.

"You will make a first appearance at Teesside Crown Court on 21st December at 10 o'clock."

Burton was handed unconditional bail until that date.

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