Woman swindled £38k benefits

First published in Echo News

A WOMAN wrongly claimed more than £38,000 in benefits by saying she was a single mum living on her own.

Chelsea Edwards, 26, of Landsbury Road, Canvey, was living with her partner Lee Miles while claiming income support, council tax and housing benefit.

The mum-of-two would not have been entitled to any of the £38,287 benefits as her partner had a full time job, Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday.

Philip Pearson, prosecuting, said: “She had separated, she told the authority, from her partner Mr Miles in August 2009.

“She continued to receive income support from September 1 2009 until October 27 2012 on the basis that she was a single parent.

“The first charge may not have have been fradulent from the outset but the others were.”

He added she made declarations about her situation to the Jobcentre but failed to let them know she was living with her partner.

Edwards also admitted wrongly claiming housing and council tax benefit from both Basildon and Rochford Council.

She pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and two counts of dishonestly failing to disclose information to make a gain.

The charges relate to claims between September 2009 and October 2010, for differing periods.

Andrew Andrews, defending, asked for magistrates to deal with the case rather than send it to Crown Court. He said: “The relationship was on off.

“She had the onus and the obligation to notify the DWP and the council that she was living together over that period but this is not a claim where the claimant was dishonest from the outset.”

Magistrates decided their sentencing powers were not sufficient for the case and asked that it be sent to Chelmsford Crown Court where she will be sentenced on May 12.

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9:03am Tue 29 Apr 14

profondo asbo says...

is she any less deserving than the "gypsies on benefits and proud" with their four oh kay yeah?
is she any less deserving than the "gypsies on benefits and proud" with their four oh kay yeah? profondo asbo
  • Score: 11

9:16am Tue 29 Apr 14

whateverhappened says...

or is she any less guilty than if she walked into a post office with a sawn off and robbed 38k
or is she any less guilty than if she walked into a post office with a sawn off and robbed 38k whateverhappened
  • Score: 18

10:04am Tue 29 Apr 14

Druggie Scumbag says...

I hope a substantial and deterrent sentence comes her way but not before the cheating MPs and Lords are all weighed off likewise.
I hope a substantial and deterrent sentence comes her way but not before the cheating MPs and Lords are all weighed off likewise. Druggie Scumbag
  • Score: 15

10:07am Tue 29 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Blame the system, not the accused,
Blame the system, not the accused, sesibollox
  • Score: -20

10:12am Tue 29 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Confiscate her big telly and her partner's X Box.....
Confiscate her big telly and her partner's X Box..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 17

10:16am Tue 29 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

profondo asbo wrote:
is she any less deserving than the "gypsies on benefits and proud" with their four oh kay yeah?
Pratt
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: is she any less deserving than the "gypsies on benefits and proud" with their four oh kay yeah?[/p][/quote]Pratt sesibollox
  • Score: -11

2:24pm Tue 29 Apr 14

whateverhappened says...

sesibollox wrote:
Blame the system, not the accused,
"ACCUSED" don't you mean GUILTY.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Blame the system, not the accused,[/p][/quote]"ACCUSED" don't you mean GUILTY. whateverhappened
  • Score: 16

5:43pm Tue 29 Apr 14

the25man says...

The system is so easy to fool with little regular checks.
If there were more regular checks then people like this wouldn't get away with it for so long.
The system is so easy to fool with little regular checks. If there were more regular checks then people like this wouldn't get away with it for so long. the25man
  • Score: 4

5:54pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

End all benefits now! Stop the scu m sucking from the bosom of the tax payer
Simple
End all benefits now! Stop the scu m sucking from the bosom of the tax payer Simple Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 3

6:53pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

sesibollox wrote:
Blame the system, not the accused,
I agree 100%. Our country is a laughing joke. It's easy to make money the easy way. There's no real deterrent. If you can get away with it why not? Money is money. No need to work when you can live off the state and make money through crime.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Blame the system, not the accused,[/p][/quote]I agree 100%. Our country is a laughing joke. It's easy to make money the easy way. There's no real deterrent. If you can get away with it why not? Money is money. No need to work when you can live off the state and make money through crime. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: 3

7:20pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Bosniavet says...

So, a "single mother" receives in excess of £12000 a year tax free? No wonder they will claim to be single when co-habitating & a number state they cannot afford the drop in income/standard of living caused by taking up employment.....
Let's hope the sentence is a deterrent to others.
So, a "single mother" receives in excess of £12000 a year tax free? No wonder they will claim to be single when co-habitating & a number state they cannot afford the drop in income/standard of living caused by taking up employment..... Let's hope the sentence is a deterrent to others. Bosniavet
  • Score: 7

8:00pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
sesibollox wrote: Blame the system, not the accused,
I agree 100%. Our country is a laughing joke. It's easy to make money the easy way. There's no real deterrent. If you can get away with it why not? Money is money. No need to work when you can live off the state and make money through crime.
Ain't that the truth!
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Blame the system, not the accused,[/p][/quote]I agree 100%. Our country is a laughing joke. It's easy to make money the easy way. There's no real deterrent. If you can get away with it why not? Money is money. No need to work when you can live off the state and make money through crime.[/p][/quote]Ain't that the truth! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 3

8:23pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Nebs says...

Bosniavet wrote:
So, a "single mother" receives in excess of £12000 a year tax free? No wonder they will claim to be single when co-habitating & a number state they cannot afford the drop in income/standard of living caused by taking up employment.....
Let's hope the sentence is a deterrent to others.
There are loads of other cases to compare, just type benefit cheat into the echo search engine. The sentence is more likely to encourage others rather than deter them.
[quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: So, a "single mother" receives in excess of £12000 a year tax free? No wonder they will claim to be single when co-habitating & a number state they cannot afford the drop in income/standard of living caused by taking up employment..... Let's hope the sentence is a deterrent to others.[/p][/quote]There are loads of other cases to compare, just type benefit cheat into the echo search engine. The sentence is more likely to encourage others rather than deter them. Nebs
  • Score: 3

9:18pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
End all benefits now! Stop the scu m sucking from the bosom of the tax payer
Simple
....and there are some people on benefits that actually do work but are on poverty wages.

Why don't you advocate the government sorting out unscrupulous bosses who drive down our wages by employing cheap foreign labour so that everyone is on just above £6.50 an hour? Up the minimum wage to a realistic sum and a lot of people will be off benefits won't they?

You assume EVERYBODY on benefits is out of work or a scrounger.

Shows how much you know.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: End all benefits now! Stop the scu m sucking from the bosom of the tax payer Simple[/p][/quote]....and there are some people on benefits that actually do work but are on poverty wages. Why don't you advocate the government sorting out unscrupulous bosses who drive down our wages by employing cheap foreign labour so that everyone is on just above £6.50 an hour? Up the minimum wage to a realistic sum and a lot of people will be off benefits won't they? You assume EVERYBODY on benefits is out of work or a scrounger. Shows how much you know. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

9:19pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

For the record, I'd lock her up and throw away the key. Claiming off TWO authorities too.

Disgusting.

Benefits should be there for those who need them.
For the record, I'd lock her up and throw away the key. Claiming off TWO authorities too. Disgusting. Benefits should be there for those who need them. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

9:39pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
For the record, I'd lock her up and throw away the key. Claiming off TWO authorities too.

Disgusting.

Benefits should be there for those who need them.
Blame it on the system.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: For the record, I'd lock her up and throw away the key. Claiming off TWO authorities too. Disgusting. Benefits should be there for those who need them.[/p][/quote]Blame it on the system. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -3

11:54pm Tue 29 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
End all benefits now! Stop the scu m sucking from the bosom of the tax payer
Simple
End child benefits...housing benefit...disability benefit...income support etc etc...and then what? do you think that will reduce crime or raise it to epidemic levels.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: End all benefits now! Stop the scu m sucking from the bosom of the tax payer Simple[/p][/quote]End child benefits...housing benefit...disability benefit...income support etc etc...and then what? do you think that will reduce crime or raise it to epidemic levels. ThisYear
  • Score: 0

11:55pm Tue 29 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
End all benefits now! Stop the scu m sucking from the bosom of the tax payer
Simple
....and there are some people on benefits that actually do work but are on poverty wages.

Why don't you advocate the government sorting out unscrupulous bosses who drive down our wages by employing cheap foreign labour so that everyone is on just above £6.50 an hour? Up the minimum wage to a realistic sum and a lot of people will be off benefits won't they?

You assume EVERYBODY on benefits is out of work or a scrounger.

Shows how much you know.
Take it your a 'benefit scrounger'
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: End all benefits now! Stop the scu m sucking from the bosom of the tax payer Simple[/p][/quote]....and there are some people on benefits that actually do work but are on poverty wages. Why don't you advocate the government sorting out unscrupulous bosses who drive down our wages by employing cheap foreign labour so that everyone is on just above £6.50 an hour? Up the minimum wage to a realistic sum and a lot of people will be off benefits won't they? You assume EVERYBODY on benefits is out of work or a scrounger. Shows how much you know.[/p][/quote]Take it your a 'benefit scrounger' ThisYear
  • Score: 3

9:29am Wed 30 Apr 14

cg1blue says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote: For the record, I'd lock her up and throw away the key. Claiming off TWO authorities too. Disgusting. Benefits should be there for those who need them.
Blame it on the system.
Why is the sytem to blame for somebody committing benefits fraud?
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: For the record, I'd lock her up and throw away the key. Claiming off TWO authorities too. Disgusting. Benefits should be there for those who need them.[/p][/quote]Blame it on the system.[/p][/quote]Why is the sytem to blame for somebody committing benefits fraud? cg1blue
  • Score: 4

5:00pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

cg1blue wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote: For the record, I'd lock her up and throw away the key. Claiming off TWO authorities too. Disgusting. Benefits should be there for those who need them.
Blame it on the system.
Why is the sytem to blame for somebody committing benefits fraud?
Because there the ones that make it available for anyone to claim. Like payday loans. They are asking for it really when they are just handing money out for the fun of it. I've applied for numerous payday loans and just not paid it back. It's just easy free money. Love it.
[quote][p][bold]cg1blue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: For the record, I'd lock her up and throw away the key. Claiming off TWO authorities too. Disgusting. Benefits should be there for those who need them.[/p][/quote]Blame it on the system.[/p][/quote]Why is the sytem to blame for somebody committing benefits fraud?[/p][/quote]Because there the ones that make it available for anyone to claim. Like payday loans. They are asking for it really when they are just handing money out for the fun of it. I've applied for numerous payday loans and just not paid it back. It's just easy free money. Love it. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -1

5:35pm Wed 30 Apr 14

cg1blue says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
cg1blue wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote: For the record, I'd lock her up and throw away the key. Claiming off TWO authorities too. Disgusting. Benefits should be there for those who need them.
Blame it on the system.
Why is the sytem to blame for somebody committing benefits fraud?
Because there the ones that make it available for anyone to claim. Like payday loans. They are asking for it really when they are just handing money out for the fun of it. I've applied for numerous payday loans and just not paid it back. It's just easy free money. Love it.
Oh, I thought you were a serious poster, my mistake.
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cg1blue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: For the record, I'd lock her up and throw away the key. Claiming off TWO authorities too. Disgusting. Benefits should be there for those who need them.[/p][/quote]Blame it on the system.[/p][/quote]Why is the sytem to blame for somebody committing benefits fraud?[/p][/quote]Because there the ones that make it available for anyone to claim. Like payday loans. They are asking for it really when they are just handing money out for the fun of it. I've applied for numerous payday loans and just not paid it back. It's just easy free money. Love it.[/p][/quote]Oh, I thought you were a serious poster, my mistake. cg1blue
  • Score: 2

11:11pm Wed 30 Apr 14

beaulocks says...

ThisYear wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
End all benefits now! Stop the scu m sucking from the bosom of the tax payer
Simple
....and there are some people on benefits that actually do work but are on poverty wages.

Why don't you advocate the government sorting out unscrupulous bosses who drive down our wages by employing cheap foreign labour so that everyone is on just above £6.50 an hour? Up the minimum wage to a realistic sum and a lot of people will be off benefits won't they?

You assume EVERYBODY on benefits is out of work or a scrounger.

Shows how much you know.
Take it your a 'benefit scrounger'
Nailed on.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: End all benefits now! Stop the scu m sucking from the bosom of the tax payer Simple[/p][/quote]....and there are some people on benefits that actually do work but are on poverty wages. Why don't you advocate the government sorting out unscrupulous bosses who drive down our wages by employing cheap foreign labour so that everyone is on just above £6.50 an hour? Up the minimum wage to a realistic sum and a lot of people will be off benefits won't they? You assume EVERYBODY on benefits is out of work or a scrounger. Shows how much you know.[/p][/quote]Take it your a 'benefit scrounger'[/p][/quote]Nailed on. beaulocks
  • Score: 2

5:07pm Sat 3 May 14

essex bad boy says...

This story is trivial read some of these here they run in to £100,000's
http://www.scoop.it/
t/lacef-news
This story is trivial read some of these here they run in to £100,000's http://www.scoop.it/ t/lacef-news essex bad boy
  • Score: 0

5:09pm Sat 3 May 14

essex bad boy says...

http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/news/local_ne
ws/11186984.Elderly_
couple_admit___140_0
00_benefit_fraud/
http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/local_ne ws/11186984.Elderly_ couple_admit___140_0 00_benefit_fraud/ essex bad boy
  • Score: 0

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