Scarlett`s mother admits benefit fraud in UK

Last Updated: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 23:37

London: Mother of Scarlett Keeling, British
teenager found dead in a Goa beach, faces a jail term after
she admitted in a court today that she had claimed USD 29,000
in state benefits fraudulently between 2005 and 2008.

The court adjourned the sentencing of Fiona MacKeown to a
date to be fixed after April 16 after her lawyer said she has
to attend trial of her daughter`s alleged killers in India.


MacKeown, 44, admitted to falsely claiming 19,000 pounds
(USD 29,000) fraudulently in state benefits between February
2005 and March 2008.


MacKeown`s 15-year-old daughter Scarlett Keeling was
found dead on the popular Anjuna beach in Gia on February 18,
2008. Goa police initially maintained that her death was an
accidental drowning.

A court hearing the case in Goa today set a start date of
April 5 for the trial of two accused men.


Goa police initially maintained that she drowned
accidentally but a second postmortem, done after a sustained
campaign by her mother, revealed evidence of attack injuries.


PTI



First Published: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 23:37

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