Peterhead woman denies £18,000 fraud charges

A buchan woman has appeared in court charged with fraudulently obtaining more than £18,000 in goods and petty cash from Aberdeenshire Council.

Jennifer Stephen, of 3 McGregor Crescent, Peterhead, appeared at the town’s sheriff court last week where she denied two charges of fraud.

She is alleged to have led Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work Department to believe that legitimate case-related expenditure was to be incurred for several items, and caused staff to sign purchase orders on items that were never supplied to clients - allegedly racking up goods which amounted to £11,948.93 between September 26, 2005 and September 9, 2008.

She is also charged with pretending to an employee or employees of Aberdeenshire Council Social Work Department, that she was entitled to make claims for petty cash payments, those payments being related to legitimate case-related expenditure and, knowing that it was for personal expenses, caused the employee or employees to pay her £6,279.02 by fraud between August 8, 2006 and September 10, 2008.

47-year-old Stephen appeared for the Peterhead hearing before Sheriff Edward Savage and was represented by solicitor John Adam.

She is due to appear in court again this Thursday.