Jail threat for fake passport woman

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A 58-YEAR-OLD woman has admitted lying about her identity for nearly 30 years.

Nina Raymont took out a passport in a false name in 1982 and then used the fake ID to fraudulently claim benefits.

She also illegally used her assumed name in court.

Raymont, of Lime Walk, Headington, appeared at Oxford Crown Court yesterday and admitted two counts of obtaining property by deception, three fraud charges and one count of perjury.

The court heard she took out a passport in the name of Sandra Forshaw on May 21, 1982. She then renewed it on February 24, 2004, in the name of ‘Sandra Summers née Forshaw’.

In July 2009 the mother-of-one fraudulently gained a National Insurance number under her false name and later that year used the fake identity to get pension credits and housing benefit.

Police arrested her and seized cash and traveller’s cheques from her home, but Raymont challenged the confiscation at Oxford Magistrates’ Court last June, lying in court by maintaining she was Sandra Forshaw.

Judith McCullough, defending, said yesterday there was “a rather extraordinary background to it” but the full facts of the case were not given.

Raymont was bailed to be sentenced on March 16 and Judge Anthony King said: “This kind of offending clearly passes the custody threshold.”

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