Basildon benefits cheat avoids jail after £27,000 swindle

Basildon Recorder: Basildon Crown Court heard on Tuesday Mrs Hall did not tell the Department of Work Basildon Crown Court heard on Tuesday Mrs Hall did not tell the Department of Work

A BENEFITS cheat, who fraudulently pocketed more than £27,000, has avoided jail.

Ruby Hall, 56, of Nightingale Grove, Basildon, said she was out of work for four years despite working as a receptionist.

Altogether she claimed £27,358 of employment benefit between 2007 and 2011.

Basildon Crown Court heard on Tuesday Mrs Hall did not tell the Department of Work and Pensions she was  working more than 16 hours a week at a Basildon surgery.

Judge George Pulman sentenced her to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years.

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6:23am Thu 23 Jan 14

On Benefits & Proud says...

This woman sounds like a legend! If you can get away with it why not? Okay she got caught, but she kept her freedom though. No mention of her having to pay it back too. Hope she don't suffer to much from the court appearance and stress etc. Good luck for the future.
This woman sounds like a legend! If you can get away with it why not? Okay she got caught, but she kept her freedom though. No mention of her having to pay it back too. Hope she don't suffer to much from the court appearance and stress etc. Good luck for the future. On Benefits & Proud

7:55am Thu 23 Jan 14

Speedysnail says...

The great Echo spell checker working well again lol..........
Basildon Crown Court heard on Tuesday Mrs Hall did not tell the Department of Work and Pe nsions she was working more than 16 hour saw eek at aB asildon surger y.
The great Echo spell checker working well again lol.......... Basildon Crown Court heard on Tuesday Mrs Hall did not tell the Department of Work and Pe nsions she was working more than 16 hour saw eek at aB asildon surger y. Speedysnail

7:55am Thu 23 Jan 14

EssexBoy1968 says...

From this report, it looks like Ruby Hall has effectively got away with it. If this is so, it certainly sends out the wrong message to those who may be tempted to coy her actions.
From this report, it looks like Ruby Hall has effectively got away with it. If this is so, it certainly sends out the wrong message to those who may be tempted to coy her actions. EssexBoy1968

8:05am Thu 23 Jan 14

On Benefits & Proud says...

EssexBoy1968 wrote:
From this report, it looks like Ruby Hall has effectively got away with it. If this is so, it certainly sends out the wrong message to those who may be tempted to coy her actions.
Well it be kind of hard for me to copy it as I am on benefits lol. Although I could try and claim more that I'm not actually entitled too. Free money!
[quote][p][bold]EssexBoy1968[/bold] wrote: From this report, it looks like Ruby Hall has effectively got away with it. If this is so, it certainly sends out the wrong message to those who may be tempted to coy her actions.[/p][/quote]Well it be kind of hard for me to copy it as I am on benefits lol. Although I could try and claim more that I'm not actually entitled too. Free money! On Benefits & Proud

8:39am Thu 23 Jan 14

VanRes says...

If it was a man, would he have avoided prison?
If it was a man, would he have avoided prison? VanRes

10:54am Thu 23 Jan 14

rayleigh123 says...

Who said CRIME DOES NOT PAY

Every day these people get away with it - what is wrong with our judges today !!!!


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Who said CRIME DOES NOT PAY Every day these people get away with it - what is wrong with our judges today !!!! . . rayleigh123

11:23am Thu 23 Jan 14

Nebs says...

rayleigh123 wrote:
Who said CRIME DOES NOT PAY

Every day these people get away with it - what is wrong with our judges today !!!!


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My guess is they are under instruction as there is no room in the prisons.
[quote][p][bold]rayleigh123[/bold] wrote: Who said CRIME DOES NOT PAY Every day these people get away with it - what is wrong with our judges today !!!! . .[/p][/quote]My guess is they are under instruction as there is no room in the prisons. Nebs

12:26pm Thu 23 Jan 14

On Benefits & Proud says...

rayleigh123 wrote:
Who said CRIME DOES NOT PAY

Every day these people get away with it - what is wrong with our judges today !!!!


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Gotta love the justice system in this country. Get away with murder literally.
[quote][p][bold]rayleigh123[/bold] wrote: Who said CRIME DOES NOT PAY Every day these people get away with it - what is wrong with our judges today !!!! . .[/p][/quote]Gotta love the justice system in this country. Get away with murder literally. On Benefits & Proud

4:00pm Thu 23 Jan 14

whataday says...

All I can say to this headline is WHY?
All I can say to this headline is WHY? whataday

5:07pm Thu 23 Jan 14

John Bull 40 says...

On Benefits & Proud wrote:
This woman sounds like a legend! If you can get away with it why not? Okay she got caught, but she kept her freedom though. No mention of her having to pay it back too. Hope she don't suffer to much from the court appearance and stress etc. Good luck for the future.
Don't feed the trolls, it is why they post on here, best just to ignore them.
[quote][p][bold]On Benefits & Proud[/bold] wrote: This woman sounds like a legend! If you can get away with it why not? Okay she got caught, but she kept her freedom though. No mention of her having to pay it back too. Hope she don't suffer to much from the court appearance and stress etc. Good luck for the future.[/p][/quote]Don't feed the trolls, it is why they post on here, best just to ignore them. John Bull 40

6:01pm Thu 23 Jan 14

runwellian says...

So who says crime doesn't pay!

£27,000 grand and a suspended sentence, sounds like a nice little earner to me!

doesn't send out much of a message to benefit cheats and I am tempted to try my luck if it is that easy!

She has not been punished at all, just told be a 'good girl' for the next year!
So who says crime doesn't pay! £27,000 grand and a suspended sentence, sounds like a nice little earner to me! doesn't send out much of a message to benefit cheats and I am tempted to try my luck if it is that easy! She has not been punished at all, just told be a 'good girl' for the next year! runwellian

7:23pm Thu 23 Jan 14

ThisYear says...

*So who says crime doesn't pay!*

Certainly not politicians...if this had been one they would of been allowed to pay back the money, say it was down to carelessness and they were sorry and all be park in the house of commons the following day.
*So who says crime doesn't pay!* Certainly not politicians...if this had been one they would of been allowed to pay back the money, say it was down to carelessness and they were sorry and all be park in the house of commons the following day. ThisYear

8:38pm Thu 23 Jan 14

maddriver says...

There seems to be a perception that somehow she has 'got away with it' but this is not correct. She has been given a prison sentence which is suspended and any criminal activity(even minor)within that suspension will result in her being put in prison. She will be under the supervision of the Probation Service throughout that time and will be required to report to them and all her movements will be scrutinised.
No useful purpose would be served by putting her into an already overcrowded prison system and while she is out she will at least be in a position to pay at least some of the money back rather than an expensive system keeping her in for revenge.
(Sits back and waits for the trolls to start.)
There seems to be a perception that somehow she has 'got away with it' but this is not correct. She has been given a prison sentence which is suspended and any criminal activity(even minor)within that suspension will result in her being put in prison. She will be under the supervision of the Probation Service throughout that time and will be required to report to them and all her movements will be scrutinised. No useful purpose would be served by putting her into an already overcrowded prison system and while she is out she will at least be in a position to pay at least some of the money back rather than an expensive system keeping her in for revenge. (Sits back and waits for the trolls to start.) maddriver

10:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Nebs says...

maddriver wrote:
There seems to be a perception that somehow she has 'got away with it' but this is not correct. She has been given a prison sentence which is suspended and any criminal activity(even minor)within that suspension will result in her being put in prison. She will be under the supervision of the Probation Service throughout that time and will be required to report to them and all her movements will be scrutinised.
No useful purpose would be served by putting her into an already overcrowded prison system and while she is out she will at least be in a position to pay at least some of the money back rather than an expensive system keeping her in for revenge.
(Sits back and waits for the trolls to start.)
No way will she get sent down for a minor crime. They always come up with an excuse which the judges believe.

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[quote][p][bold]maddriver[/bold] wrote: There seems to be a perception that somehow she has 'got away with it' but this is not correct. She has been given a prison sentence which is suspended and any criminal activity(even minor)within that suspension will result in her being put in prison. She will be under the supervision of the Probation Service throughout that time and will be required to report to them and all her movements will be scrutinised. No useful purpose would be served by putting her into an already overcrowded prison system and while she is out she will at least be in a position to pay at least some of the money back rather than an expensive system keeping her in for revenge. (Sits back and waits for the trolls to start.)[/p][/quote]No way will she get sent down for a minor crime. They always come up with an excuse which the judges believe. http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/10819560 .Man_avoids_jail__de spite_theft_while_on _suspended_sentence/ http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/10029636 .Police_hoaxer_avoid s_jail_term/ Nebs

12:22am Fri 24 Jan 14

smiffy22 says...

Nebs wrote:
rayleigh123 wrote:
Who said CRIME DOES NOT PAY

Every day these people get away with it - what is wrong with our judges today !!!!


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My guess is they are under instruction as there is no room in the prisons.
You could well be right.
We need to build more prisons. Somewhere remote.
Regards,
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rayleigh123[/bold] wrote: Who said CRIME DOES NOT PAY Every day these people get away with it - what is wrong with our judges today !!!! . .[/p][/quote]My guess is they are under instruction as there is no room in the prisons.[/p][/quote]You could well be right. We need to build more prisons. Somewhere remote. Regards, Smiffy22 smiffy22

11:42am Fri 24 Jan 14

Alekhine says...

ThisYear wrote:
*So who says crime doesn't pay!* Certainly not politicians...if this had been one they would of been allowed to pay back the money, say it was down to carelessness and they were sorry and all be park in the house of commons the following day.
But they will have to pay the money back and, for the general public, paying the money back will be a much better deterrent than a criminal record. Do we really want to put these people in prison or get the money back?
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: *So who says crime doesn't pay!* Certainly not politicians...if this had been one they would of been allowed to pay back the money, say it was down to carelessness and they were sorry and all be park in the house of commons the following day.[/p][/quote]But they will have to pay the money back and, for the general public, paying the money back will be a much better deterrent than a criminal record. Do we really want to put these people in prison or get the money back? Alekhine

4:21pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Alekhine wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
*So who says crime doesn't pay!* Certainly not politicians...if this had been one they would of been allowed to pay back the money, say it was down to carelessness and they were sorry and all be park in the house of commons the following day.
But they will have to pay the money back and, for the general public, paying the money back will be a much better deterrent than a criminal record. Do we really want to put these people in prison or get the money back?
They are not mutually exclusive.
[quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: *So who says crime doesn't pay!* Certainly not politicians...if this had been one they would of been allowed to pay back the money, say it was down to carelessness and they were sorry and all be park in the house of commons the following day.[/p][/quote]But they will have to pay the money back and, for the general public, paying the money back will be a much better deterrent than a criminal record. Do we really want to put these people in prison or get the money back?[/p][/quote]They are not mutually exclusive. Nebs

5:12pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Alekhine says...

Nebs wrote:
Alekhine wrote:
ThisYear wrote: *So who says crime doesn't pay!* Certainly not politicians...if this had been one they would of been allowed to pay back the money, say it was down to carelessness and they were sorry and all be park in the house of commons the following day.
But they will have to pay the money back and, for the general public, paying the money back will be a much better deterrent than a criminal record. Do we really want to put these people in prison or get the money back?
They are not mutually exclusive.
True, but i still believe a fraudster would be more detered by having to pay the money back than by 12 months with food and shelter provided and, as you said above, the prisons are full.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: *So who says crime doesn't pay!* Certainly not politicians...if this had been one they would of been allowed to pay back the money, say it was down to carelessness and they were sorry and all be park in the house of commons the following day.[/p][/quote]But they will have to pay the money back and, for the general public, paying the money back will be a much better deterrent than a criminal record. Do we really want to put these people in prison or get the money back?[/p][/quote]They are not mutually exclusive.[/p][/quote]True, but i still believe a fraudster would be more detered by having to pay the money back than by 12 months with food and shelter provided and, as you said above, the prisons are full. Alekhine

5:57pm Fri 24 Jan 14

ThisYear says...

Alekhine wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
*So who says crime doesn't pay!* Certainly not politicians...if this had been one they would of been allowed to pay back the money, say it was down to carelessness and they were sorry and all be park in the house of commons the following day.
But they will have to pay the money back and, for the general public, paying the money back will be a much better deterrent than a criminal record. Do we really want to put these people in prison or get the money back?
Crooked politicians? Prison every time!
[quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: *So who says crime doesn't pay!* Certainly not politicians...if this had been one they would of been allowed to pay back the money, say it was down to carelessness and they were sorry and all be park in the house of commons the following day.[/p][/quote]But they will have to pay the money back and, for the general public, paying the money back will be a much better deterrent than a criminal record. Do we really want to put these people in prison or get the money back?[/p][/quote]Crooked politicians? Prison every time! ThisYear

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