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Wombwell Woman Who Stole £16,000 In Benefits Is Sentenced

Thursday February 28 2013

A WOMBWELL woman has pleaded guilty to benefit fraud - after stealing more than £16,000.

Lindsey Jones, 34, admitted that she failed to inform both Barnsley Council and the DWP of her true circumstances.

Miss Jones was investigated by benefit investigation teams for failing to declare that her employed partner was residing at her address whilst she continued to claim Income Support, Employment Support Allowance, Housing and Council Tax Benefit.

Evidence was considered by a benefits decision maker who determined that she had failed to declare her partner living with her from November 2010 and as such had received in excess of £16,000 of benefit payments to which she was not entitled.

The 34-year-old obtained £7059.81 in Housing Benefit, £1063.41 in Council Tax Benefit, £5718.42 in Income Support and £3146.76 in Employment Support Allowance.

She pleaded guilty to all charges. The court was of the opinion that the offences or more to point the amount of overpayment, crossed the custody threshold on the grounds that it was serious fraud on the public purse.

The court then sentenced her to six weeks custodial sentence on each offence, which is suspended for 12 months, during which time she is required to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

She was ordered to pay costs of £200, and will be repaying the whole amount back to the authorities.

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Reply Posted by stevo on Thursday February 28 2013 at 18:16
WHY wasnt she sent to PRISON?
100 hours unpaid work,the law is an ass!
So she "owes" £16,000,if she is on benefits how on earth are they gonna claim £16,000 back?
Do people seriously think she will EVER get a job knowing full well she owes £16k?

Reply Posted by Drop dead scrounger on Friday March 1 2013 at 00:07
Should have given her 16,000 hours if U ask me quid for hour work after all she tried to scam me and allot of other hard working folk I don't like to see people begin in this country as there is benefits that feed n cloth n house people so just to pinch of people that help you make me sick n they want plonking into a third world country n let them fend for their self asif this country isn't skint enough stop her benefits and she will have to work and pay it back horrid scrounging witch leave my country

Reply Posted by adrian on Friday March 1 2013 at 08:48
If she goes on benefit she wil pay bak round 20 quid a wk so it is really an interest free loan..no real punishment

Reply Posted by LV on Friday March 1 2013 at 18:35
if she goes back on benefits she'll get repayments taken straight out of her benefit payments. I'm surprised how small the debt is tbh! could have been a whole lot worse!!!

Reply Posted by june on Friday March 1 2013 at 18:37
She should be made to pay it all back plus interest neva mind comunity hours that's a waste of time

Reply Posted by The Right Honerable Micheal Dugher on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:04
Still fiddled her taxes less than all of the other MPs.

Reply Posted by BillFrumBarnsley on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:05
For a start Micheal you've spelt Michael wrong

Reply Posted by Sheila on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:08
language Michael!

Reply Posted by peed off on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:10
just shows you what pple get away with i think il claim my work and dole dont mind paying few quid a week back interest free this system is all wrong my opionion that judge wants to hang his wig up in shame and get out load of shit rant over

Reply Posted by Dave on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:10
send er darn t'pit

Reply Posted by samuel Baynnnnnnham on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:12
mi nan bought us a subru

Reply Posted by Julie on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:12
@peed off get a proper job

Reply Posted by Barry on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:16
I hope the admin ban you all

Reply Posted by peed off on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:25
JULIE IN CAPITAL LMAO ive got a job 33 yr same job have you lol

Reply Posted by Julie on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:26
cleaning toilets for 33years is not a career

Reply Posted by peed off on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:29
for your info im peed off not peed off f lol as it says in brackets julie so who you referring 2 lol

Reply Posted by peed off on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:37
ok juliie if you say so only cleaning job ive had is in my home not argue on here with simpletons but bet you wish you had my job well paid and earned lv so dont go there im well respected and always will be ive put my opionion over so whats your crack OMG hope you not swindling aswell benifits cheats shame on you lol good nite need my bed

Reply Posted by Liam Neeson on Monday March 4 2013 at 22:41
Copy cat

Reply Posted by Amy Whittingham on Tuesday March 5 2013 at 09:14
I wish you would all just take a minute to sit and think about what mistakes you have made in your lives!!!! One silly mistake and you make your mouths as if she has killed someone! How many smack heads, theives and other ba people do this for years and are still getting away with it! Do not judge some one you do not know! As for some of the comments here you want to be ashamed of yourselves what great role modules you really are (NOT) she has received her punishment and learn from her mistake. Will you learn about your potty mouth? I don't think so! Now stop commenting on this post and leave her be!

Reply Posted by jasmine on Tuesday March 5 2013 at 12:32
How many people do we know that get paid £16000 for 100 hours work, not many. This woman who has stolen from the hardworking taxpayer has been awarded £160 an hour for the fraud she has committed..Well done again to the stinking british justice system

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