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Benefits Cheat Escapes Because Of "Good Character"

Thursday July 24 2014

A BENEFITS cheat who defrauded taxpayers of almost £25,000 has escaped jail - after a judge heard he was community minded and had presented two giant pumpkins to a local school.

Ex-miner Patrick McLoughlin, 53, from Thurnscoe, dishonestly claimed £24,420.57 over an eight-year period, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Kevin Jones said he had failed to declare to the Department of Work and Pensions that he had been receiving an occupational pension since April 6, 1992.

His barrister, Alison Dorrell, said following a genuine accident at work he was unable to work for a period but was now in "good physical shape".

A keen gardener, he had two allotments and gave away the produce he did not need and last year donated two giant pumpkins to the local school.

McLaughlin - whose house is now at risk as a proceeds of crime application is underway - is repaying the money at £6 a fortnight from his unemployment benefits.

Recorder Nicholas Lumley QC told him: "The offences are sufficiently serious that they have to be marked with a term of imprisonment, but because you are of good character I can suspend that term."

He gave McLoughlin a nine-month jail term, suspended for two years, and ordered him to carry out 120 hours of unpaid community work.

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Reply Posted by Angry on Thursday July 24 2014 at 12:13
Seriously? That judge is far too lenient! Just because he donated two pumpkins to a school he gets his jail term suspended??? He wants locking up! Just proves our justice system is s**t!!!!!

Reply Posted by baz on Thursday July 24 2014 at 12:47
£6 a fortnight and is now fit to work why not make him get a job and pay back what he owes or work do community work at 40 hours a week every till he either pays back his debt or gets a proper job and pays a proper amount

Reply Posted by Can't Understand on Thursday July 24 2014 at 12:48
How does that work then on the grand scale of things, 150 plus years to pay it back. No wonder cheats think it's worth taking the risk.

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday July 24 2014 at 12:53
For all the people toiling away 9 to 5 and paying taxes to pay benefit , how disgusting is this. The non jail term is bad enough but £6 per month!!!!! After my statement,I can say no more, I'm speechless! We are being robbed!

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Thursday July 24 2014 at 19:28
it pays to WORK. I don't think so!!!!

Reply Posted by Nic on Wednesday July 30 2014 at 22:52
Is this an imposter?? 1st sensible thing you've ever said, keep it up!!

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday July 24 2014 at 13:34
Just done the summs here. £24,420-57 over 8 yrs I believe works out at
£58-70 per week.
Makes the £3 per week payback....from his benefits(our money) look pretty sick making dosnt it.
Make this guy go work anywhere instead of claiming unemployment benefit and repay the money back at £58.70.
Expensive pumpkins arnt they? Why am I working??? TO pay this fella? Disgusting.

Reply Posted by just me on Thursday July 24 2014 at 13:40
It aint your money its his.. far too much slagging off of people on benefits going off you pay tax for various things not just benefits.. He did wrong and should be rightly punished but please for god sake dont tar everyone with the same brush fgs

Reply Posted by anoan on Thursday July 24 2014 at 14:12
Not slagging everyone on benefits off,I may need it myself one day. And the money he is paid is from the public purse of which I am one of many that help to fill it. You siad it ,he should be punished, right at £3 per week. Come On.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Friday July 25 2014 at 09:21
how much do you pay into the public purse, super rich anon.. I bet you don't moan when paying into the public purse to feed the families in foreign countries who haven't even visited England but yet receive benefits from there partner living here,. too many do gooders and curtain twitchers in Barnsley,

Reply Posted by anon on Friday July 25 2014 at 09:49
I moan about everyone who takes benefits that their not entitled to Kilkenny. Also I can guarantee that I pay a lot more tax than you, so please don't assume you know anything about my lifestyle. But thank you for using the few braincells you have to ponder over little old me. Go on, do your best nasty post now as per usual. Water and ducks back spring to my mind. You are laughable and very predictable.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Friday July 25 2014 at 20:03
Dear Kilkenny please stop putting posts on wab using my post name.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Friday July 25 2014 at 20:39
stop been silly guy fawkes, all your post make no sense, get real

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Friday July 25 2014 at 21:04
Haven't you twigged on yet your posts are getting deleted by wab.try being more constructive rather than destructive.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Thursday July 24 2014 at 13:46
Reading the article it does say that his house will be at risk so probably sold to pay back what he owes .

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday July 24 2014 at 14:15
I would think making the guy homeless is a step in the wrong direction myself. It says he is on unemployment,thus fit for work, so my plan to make him take any job and repay it from his wages still sounds the best and fair option to me. Give back what he has taken as he is able, simple.

Reply Posted by lew on Thursday July 24 2014 at 14:36
You get on about this man doing wrong does any of you watch benefit Britain at least this man has paid into the system has he is 53 year old yes he has done wrong and it states that he will be doing 120 hours of community work and he should pay it back but it is wrong to take his house off him he did work until he became ill nobody nows what is around the corner there is a lot worse things going off than this

Reply Posted by NonnyRat on Thursday July 24 2014 at 14:54
The judge is clearly mad and should be retrained, preferably at Maccy D's....

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Thursday July 24 2014 at 23:10
nothing wrong the guy only did what many more do but got caught, bankers ,mps, are stealing more on expenses, get a grip folk

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Thursday July 24 2014 at 15:02
Won't nesserally make him homeless,he may live in a three bedroom ex social home probably downgrade in size to a smaller home.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Thursday July 24 2014 at 15:47
The irony of it he has the same name of a Tory mp who use to be a miner small world.

Reply Posted by Davieboy on Thursday July 24 2014 at 19:09
There are THREE pumpkins in this story, one of them is THE JUDGE, what a joke!!

Reply Posted by charlie williams on Thursday July 24 2014 at 22:09
can anyone bring up the issue of employment blacklists for: construction workers, people who speak up about health and safety, political activists or part of global movements. once your on a list you could be out of work for 20 + yrs, can anybody say that!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by eh? on Thursday July 24 2014 at 22:13

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Reply Posted by lew on Thursday July 24 2014 at 23:01
yes he may have took cash he was not entitled to but he did it to make ends meet same has I say watch benefit Britain from when it started then judge and for the mp to have same name has the person get a life the pits closed a lot of years ago

Reply Posted by fedup on Thursday July 24 2014 at 23:48
Im surmising that all those willing to turn a blind eye to this guy dont pay income tax which is deducted from your wage which you work very hard for and hopefully helps you to make ends meet? The income tax deducted from your hard earned wage has knowingly been taken by someone who was not entitled to it. I don't like having to work very hard to make ends meet,while others enjoy gardening and have a lovely stress free life spending income tax from mine and others wages. Sorry but its morally wrong no matter who takes the money.

Reply Posted by June on Friday July 25 2014 at 12:58
It would have cost the tax payer even more for a custodial sentence so it's the right decision especially if they are making plans to claim the monies back.

That's why we have judges who know the law and consequences and take everything into consideration rather than mobs with pitchforks reading inflammatory headlines in the gutter press and jumping to conclusions

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Friday July 25 2014 at 19:20
If we all defrauded benefits, taxes etc the country would be bankrupt. Get a grip all you do gooders.
Just because someone else is deceitful it wouldn't make me do the same. Have some self respect.

Reply Posted by moaningaboutbenefits on Monday July 28 2014 at 10:27
The man has worked paid his dues! Had an accident at WORK .claimed benefits.made a big mistake .! Got caught ! Now paying for it.! The Judge has saved the government mega bucks by NOT sending him to prison.if and when he gets a job 'he will no doubt have to pay more back....But you lot would have him on the streets starving....fgs .. ... we have thousands of overseas visitors scamming money out of your taxes..your taxes are paying for thousands of their kids not even residing in this country..get a grip ..and start moaning . Wingeing and whineing about something substantial. .oh I forgot ..were British and dont stand up for ourselves ..we just moan and come out with inane drivle and do sod all .other than to puck on 1 person..

Reply Posted by Ben tagg on Saturday November 21 2015 at 11:59
What a vile animal

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