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Pensioner fined after forging PPI claim

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

A pensioner from Onchan who forged her ex-husband's signature to get a PPI pay-out has been fined.

66-year-old Linda Hall appeared at Douglas Courthouse last week where she pleaded guilty to forging a document in July 2014.

She filled in a PPI recovery form with Lloyds Bank to claim back the payment which had been made by the couple on a property they'd bought together - the document required both signatures.

The bank paid out more than £7,000 - however her ex-husband only discovered the transaction had been made when he was sent a letter about it two years later; he then contacted police.

Hall's advocate told the court she was entitled to the money but described the forgery as a "moment of madness" saying she now knows her ex-husband would have signed the form if she'd asked.

She said Hall wasn't a "serial forger" and was "deeply saddened and ashamed" about what had happened and has now paid back the money she owes him.

Magistrates fined her £500 and ordered her to pay costs of £50. 

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