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Police have seized £10,000 from a woman who defrauded high street shops under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Tracey Scott, from Houghton, was charged with fraud by false representation in August 2011.
The 48-year-old photocopied the receipts of purchased goods from Argos, and returned identical items that were bought elsewhere at a cheaper price.
Scott pleaded guilty, and in March 2012 she was given a suspended sentence of 40 weeks, and told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community service.
A confiscation hearing at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday found that Scott had earned the money through criminal activity. She was ordered to pay it back within six months or face a six-month prison sentence.
Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Orchard, from Northumbria Police said: