Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court
A liar who told a court her mum was dead has finally admitted: Shes okay.
Vile fraudster Margaret Maxwell used the excuse in a bid to beat punishment for failing to comply with a community service order.
But she was found out when a sheriff at Kirkcudbright Court asked for proof of her mums death from cancer.
And when she appeared from custody on a string of charges on Thursday the 28-year-old admitted that she had misled the court.
When Sheriff Kenneth Robb asked her how her mum was keeping, Maxwell, of Dovecroft, Kirkcudbright, replied: Shes okay.
To which he responded: So shes recovered from her death?
Maxwell had previously claimed she had been unable to complete the community service order because she was caring for her mum who was terminally ill with cancer.
She was given the punishment after admitting to obtaining a prescription by fraud from Millisle Medical Centre in Dalbeattie.
In December her solicitor, Roger Colledge, told the court Maxwell had never really started the order because she had been looking after her ill mum who had died in September.
But Sheriff Robb said that there was information received to the contrary effect and deferred sentence for her to provide evidence of the death.
On her next appearance her solicitor told the court Maxwell had made inquiries with the registrars office but had been unable to pay for the relevant documentation. However, when she stood in the dock last week she admitted that her mum was alive and well.
Solicitor David Finnie, who was representing her on this occasion, explained that Maxwell had asked someone to phone on her behalf to say she couldnt start the order and hadnt realised they had used the excuse her mum had died.
But Sheriff Robb said that by staying silent when her solicitor had been talking about the alleged problems she had misled the court and that she was now in contempt.
Maxwell pleaded guilty to charges of stealing food from the Spar in Dalbeattie and from Tesco in Kirkcudbright.
And she also admitted obtaining money fraudulently by pretending she was doing a sponsored run for the Macmillan Cancer charity.
Sheriff Robb deferred sentence to February 14 for reports and remanded Maxwell in custody.