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Fraudster granny rips off $300,000 from Centrelink after trying to claim lover’s $4 million estate

A grandmother has admitted to stealing almost $300,000 from taxpayers in the hope of securing her dead lover’s multi-million dollar estate.

Noel Newling, 76, of Geelong, has admitted to lying to Centrelink about her relationship status with a wealthy man, pocketing $287,000 from the taxpayer since 1997.

Her sudden turn of honesty comes as she attempts to have her deceased lover’s will overturned after he gave the majority of his $4million estate to charity, A Current Affair reported.

Noel Newling had to admit her years of fraud in the Geelong County Court in the hope of gaining the money

Noel Newling had to admit her years of fraud in the Geelong County Court in the hope of gaining the money

Newling had been telling the government she was single for decades, but the reality was she had been in relationship with a wealthy man named Michael Stansfield.

Mr Stansfield, who was a share-trader, died in 2016. He left Newling $50,000, a $185,000 property and a $34,000 car. 

Mr Stansfield then gave his estate, worth about $4million to various charities.

Newling said she did not know how wealthy Mr Stansfied was but when his true wealth was revealed she decided to challenge the will to secure the money for herself.

She had to admit her years of fraud in the Geelong County Court on Wednesday in the hope of getting access to the money.

Judge Susan Cohen sentenced Newling to two years and 10 months behind bars, but would be out in four months’ with a two and a half year good behaviour bond, the Geelong Advertiser reported.

Noel Newling (pictured) has admitted to lying to Centrelink about her relationship status with a wealthy man, pocketing $287,000 from the taxpayer over the past decade

Noel Newling (pictured) has admitted to lying to Centrelink about her relationship status with a wealthy man, pocketing $287,000 from the taxpayer over the past decade

Noel Newling, 76, of Geelong, has admitted to lying to Centrelink about her relationship status with a wealthy man, pocketing $287,000

Noel Newling, 76, of Geelong, has admitted to lying to Centrelink about her relationship status with a wealthy man, pocketing $287,000

While speaking outside court, Newling told reporters she knew the deception was wrong but used the excuse that she ‘had to live’.

She now must pay back her ill-gotten gains whivh she says she can do if she is granted her dead lover’s estate.

Newling challenged the will in the Melbourne Supreme Court in September last year. 

The Supreme Court decision is not yet known. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk