Woman found guilty of benefit fraud

Woman found guilty of benefit fraud

Woman found guilty of benefit fraud

First published in Echo News
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A BENEFIT cheat has escaped a jail term after failing to declare she was living with her partner.

Claire Sewell, 38, of Clifford Close, Laindon, swindled £11,275 in housing benefit and council tax benefit between June 2011 and September 2013.

She was found guilty of fraud after failing to tell Basildon Council and The Department for work and Pensions about a change in circumstances affecting her entitlement.

Sewell was handed a 12 month community order requiring her to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

During an appearance at Basildon Magistrates Court she was also ordered to pay costs of £993 and a £60 victim surcharge.

Sewell must also pay back the money she fraudulently claimed.

Councillor Stuart Sullivan, cabinet member for resources said: “We will not tolerate those who seek to defraud this authority; they are effectively hampering our ability to provide vital services.

“The council is dedicated to catching and prosecuting benefit cheats and will always seek to recover every penny they steal.”

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10:43am Fri 29 Aug 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Could the Echo change its stock phrase "escaped a jail term" with "the Courts couldn't be ar*ed to bang up"...
Could the Echo change its stock phrase "escaped a jail term" with "the Courts couldn't be ar*ed to bang up"... GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 19

10:48am Fri 29 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

Sweet! So there we have it again, if you fancy 11k and even in the unlikely even you get caught you will only have to pay it back at 5-10£ a month (or whatever you claim you can afford...) Go for it courtesy of the DWP, basildon council and Magistrates Court.

I'm pretty sure that was the same guy who sentenced the homesless guy to 6 months last week for a misdemeanor, despite the guy having found employment and recently moved into private accommodation.
Sweet! So there we have it again, if you fancy 11k and even in the unlikely even you get caught you will only have to pay it back at 5-10£ a month (or whatever you claim you can afford...) Go for it courtesy of the DWP, basildon council and Magistrates Court. I'm pretty sure that was the same guy who sentenced the homesless guy to 6 months last week for a misdemeanor, despite the guy having found employment and recently moved into private accommodation. supermadmax
  • Score: 8

10:54am Fri 29 Aug 14

ThisYear says...

Right across the country these cases are being reported...constantl
y...what is the 'establishment' trying to manipulate or distract from..?

"dont look at the conjurers distracting right hand, its his other hand thats perpetrating the trick"
Right across the country these cases are being reported...constantl y...what is the 'establishment' trying to manipulate or distract from..? "dont look at the conjurers distracting right hand, its his other hand thats perpetrating the trick" ThisYear
  • Score: 2

11:46am Fri 29 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Maybe they could convert those vacant office blocks in Victoria Avenue, Southend into secure lock up prison units for all these benefit cheats to be locked up in....
Maybe they could convert those vacant office blocks in Victoria Avenue, Southend into secure lock up prison units for all these benefit cheats to be locked up in.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

1:53pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Alekhine says...

ThisYear wrote:
Right across the country these cases are being reported...constantl

y...what is the 'establishment' trying to manipulate or distract from..?

"dont look at the conjurers distracting right hand, its his other hand thats perpetrating the trick"
"dont look at the conjurers distracting right hand, its his other hand thats perpetrating the trick"

Some accidental good advice to ignore TY posts?
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: Right across the country these cases are being reported...constantl y...what is the 'establishment' trying to manipulate or distract from..? "dont look at the conjurers distracting right hand, its his other hand thats perpetrating the trick"[/p][/quote]"dont look at the conjurers distracting right hand, its his other hand thats perpetrating the trick" Some accidental good advice to ignore TY posts? Alekhine
  • Score: -3

3:26pm Fri 29 Aug 14

thecoat says...

scumbag! Makes you wonder if its worth going to work really.
scumbag! Makes you wonder if its worth going to work really. thecoat
  • Score: 5

4:15pm Fri 29 Aug 14

runwellian says...

£11.275 equates to £56.37 per hour approx. ..... who says crime doesn't pay!

With sentences like this it does appear that taking the risk is worth it!

It is time benefit fraud came with a mandatory sentence, giving a clear message to anyone who thinks they can 'buck the system'.
£11.275 equates to £56.37 per hour approx. ..... who says crime doesn't pay! With sentences like this it does appear that taking the risk is worth it! It is time benefit fraud came with a mandatory sentence, giving a clear message to anyone who thinks they can 'buck the system'. runwellian
  • Score: 6

4:17pm Fri 29 Aug 14

runwellian says...

supermadmax wrote:
Sweet! So there we have it again, if you fancy 11k and even in the unlikely even you get caught you will only have to pay it back at 5-10£ a month (or whatever you claim you can afford...) Go for it courtesy of the DWP, basildon council and Magistrates Court.

I'm pretty sure that was the same guy who sentenced the homesless guy to 6 months last week for a misdemeanor, despite the guy having found employment and recently moved into private accommodation.
Justice gone bonkers, so this guy will serve his sentence, leave prison without a job and need benefits to survive ... so how did a prison sentence help him or the tax payer who will not have to support him?

the judges are bonkers and sentencing very unfair.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Sweet! So there we have it again, if you fancy 11k and even in the unlikely even you get caught you will only have to pay it back at 5-10£ a month (or whatever you claim you can afford...) Go for it courtesy of the DWP, basildon council and Magistrates Court. I'm pretty sure that was the same guy who sentenced the homesless guy to 6 months last week for a misdemeanor, despite the guy having found employment and recently moved into private accommodation.[/p][/quote]Justice gone bonkers, so this guy will serve his sentence, leave prison without a job and need benefits to survive ... so how did a prison sentence help him or the tax payer who will not have to support him? the judges are bonkers and sentencing very unfair. runwellian
  • Score: 6

10:38pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Fab man says...

Since when is this defrauding Basildon authority? The money comes from the Government and the benefits pay for the housing (most probably social) & Council Tax which actually benefits Basildon Council. The people losing out are the taxpayers.
Since when is this defrauding Basildon authority? The money comes from the Government and the benefits pay for the housing (most probably social) & Council Tax which actually benefits Basildon Council. The people losing out are the taxpayers. Fab man
  • Score: 5

1:13pm Sat 30 Aug 14

ThisYear says...

Fab man wrote:
Since when is this defrauding Basildon authority? The money comes from the Government and the benefits pay for the housing (most probably social) & Council Tax which actually benefits Basildon Council. The people losing out are the taxpayers.
I've heard it said council tax is also used to shore up (hierarchy) council workers pensions...is it any wonder they pretend to be court officials to get it.
[quote][p][bold]Fab man[/bold] wrote: Since when is this defrauding Basildon authority? The money comes from the Government and the benefits pay for the housing (most probably social) & Council Tax which actually benefits Basildon Council. The people losing out are the taxpayers.[/p][/quote]I've heard it said council tax is also used to shore up (hierarchy) council workers pensions...is it any wonder they pretend to be court officials to get it. ThisYear
  • Score: 2

5:41am Sun 31 Aug 14

Illinois10 says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
Could the Echo change its stock phrase "escaped a jail term" with "the Courts couldn't be ar*ed to bang up"...
Whilst I agree she should have been jailed, we have already paid her £11k so why pay more for her to be inside?
Her insurance will go up, jobs (at some point) will be very hard to get amongst other things.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: Could the Echo change its stock phrase "escaped a jail term" with "the Courts couldn't be ar*ed to bang up"...[/p][/quote]Whilst I agree she should have been jailed, we have already paid her £11k so why pay more for her to be inside? Her insurance will go up, jobs (at some point) will be very hard to get amongst other things. Illinois10
  • Score: -1
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