Suspended sentence for benefit cheat

A WOMAN who falsely claimed more than £23,000 in benefits has been given a suspended sentence.

Susan Humphreys, 42, of Broadview, Grays, appeared at Grays Magistrates Court today to be sentenced after pleading guilty to two counts of benefit fraud.

The court heard that, when her husband returned to work in July 2007, he trusted her to post a letter to the council and the Department of Work and Pensions telling them of the change in their circumstances.

She did not post the letter and continued to receive benefits, deceiving her husband into believing he was paying the rent and council tax on their property.

In November 2007, Humphreys had to renew her claim for Housing and Council Tax Benefit.

She completed the form saying that neither she nor her husband were working and had forged his signature.

Passing sentence, magistrates said her case was so serious that only a custodial sentence was appropriate.

She was given credit for her early guilty plea and the fact that her claim had originally been legitimate and that she had no previous convictions.

After hearing in mitigation that Humphreys was suffering from a form of bone cancer and had a young daughter for whom she had sole care, the Magistrates suspended her two six-month jail sentences for a year and imposed a 12 month probation supervision order, during which time she has to undertake a basic skills assessment.

She was also ordered to pay £500 towards the cost of the investigation and prosecution.

Humphreys was warned that, if she failed to comply with the probation order, the custodial sentence was likely to take effect.

The overpaid benefit will also have to be repaid.

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9:32pm Tue 15 Dec 09

mpgrays says...

So as i'm going to work tomorrow, to pay some taxes for you, when will you be paying back the £23k Susan Humphreys???
So as i'm going to work tomorrow, to pay some taxes for you, when will you be paying back the £23k Susan Humphreys??? mpgrays
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7:29am Wed 16 Dec 09

Baphomet says...

No wonder no one wants to work in this country when its easier to claim benefits and not even have to pay them back if found to be illegally claiming them, I'm not surprised the Nigerians are pouring into the Country to have a crack at it. I've paid £1400 in tax this month so that these low life work shy scum can sit indoors living a life of riley.
No wonder no one wants to work in this country when its easier to claim benefits and not even have to pay them back if found to be illegally claiming them, I'm not surprised the Nigerians are pouring into the Country to have a crack at it. I've paid £1400 in tax this month so that these low life work shy scum can sit indoors living a life of riley. Baphomet
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10:45am Wed 16 Dec 09

coddy says...

Once again as im in work im reading this on my tea break and my blood boils as another mumper gets away with fleecing the system. British justice at work, not likely.
Once again as im in work im reading this on my tea break and my blood boils as another mumper gets away with fleecing the system. British justice at work, not likely. coddy
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4:34pm Wed 16 Dec 09

9898grays says...

Baphomet wrote:
No wonder no one wants to work in this country when its easier to claim benefits and not even have to pay them back if found to be illegally claiming them, I'm not surprised the Nigerians are pouring into the Country to have a crack at it. I've paid £1400 in tax this month so that these low life work shy scum can sit indoors living a life of riley.
Its not just Nigerians that are coming into this country! People born and breed here are also abusing the system!
[quote][p][bold]Baphomet[/bold] wrote: No wonder no one wants to work in this country when its easier to claim benefits and not even have to pay them back if found to be illegally claiming them, I'm not surprised the Nigerians are pouring into the Country to have a crack at it. I've paid £1400 in tax this month so that these low life work shy scum can sit indoors living a life of riley.[/p][/quote]Its not just Nigerians that are coming into this country! People born and breed here are also abusing the system! 9898grays
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8:00am Tue 22 Dec 09

Baphomet says...

9898grays, thats what I said in my post, I then added that its no wonder the Nigerians are pouring in too. Its bad enough having our own underclass without importing everyone elses. This country will be third world one day, brought down by the liberal scum that are allowing this happen.
9898grays, thats what I said in my post, I then added that its no wonder the Nigerians are pouring in too. Its bad enough having our own underclass without importing everyone elses. This country will be third world one day, brought down by the liberal scum that are allowing this happen. Baphomet
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