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DWP fraud officer denies knowledge of her husband's £885,000 fraud 18 September 2013

A benefit fraud investigator for the government “must’ve known” about her husband’s £885,000 fraud, jurors have been told.

Elizabeth Lewis, who has worked at the Department for Work and Pensions for 12 years, refuted allegations that she had any knowledge of the fraudulent activity of her spouse, Mark Lewis, when appearing before Cardiff Crown Court.

The couple were arrested last year after it was discovered the charity Welsh Independent School of Climbing and Mountaineering (WISCM), Mark Lewis had set up in 2006, had received more than £800,000 in false gift aid claims.

Prosecution barrister, Mike Hammett, said that the money was “cleaned” by moving it to 38 bank accounts under Mark Lewis’s name, his wife’s or some of the 27 other companies he had registered at Companies House.

Around £127,000 was spent on houses, with £150,000 going in their personal bank accounts and referring to Elizabeth Lewis, Hammett said: “She must have known it was wrong to be taking such large sums from a charity because it’s her job.”

Elizabeth Lewis denies four charges of possessing, using or converting criminal property and the case continues.

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