A HOSPITAL worker who swindled more than £30,000 in a five-year fiddle faces jail.
Michelle James, 34, lied to get a job as a cleaner and then one as an occupational therapist assistant.
She pocketed £32,140.72 in extra housing, council tax and income support benefits between October, 1999, and December last year, Huddersfield magistrates heard yesterday.
The fraud began when James, of White Hart Drive in Newsome, who had claimed income support since 1996, got a job with the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.
James Murtagh, prosecuting for the Department of Work and Pensions, said the single mother worked at a hospital under the false name of Michelle Marsden.
She also used a fake National Insurance number.
At first, James was a cleaner, but over the years progressed to become an occupational therapy assistant.
Therapy assistants often work in patients' homes.
Her fraud first came to light in 2004, when benefit fraud staff interviewed her twice.
She refused to comment at either interview.
James pleaded guilty to two charges of benefit fraud and asked for 50 other offences to be considered.
The magistrates asked for an all-options report to be prepared for James.
She will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court in April.
A spokesman for the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust confirmed that James was employed by them.
He added: "At this stage it would be inappropriate for the trust to comment on this matter, as the judicial process is still to be completed.
"We can confirm that all trust employees are vetted according to countrywide National Health Service guidelines."