71-year-old given suspended sentence for benefit fraud

71-year-old given suspended sentence for benefit fraud

71-year-old given suspended sentence for benefit fraud

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A BILLERICAY pensioner who had nine undeclared bank accounts has been found guilty of benefit fraud.

Phyllis Huet, 71, of Hillhouse Court, The Spinney, Billericay, was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, ordered to pay costs of £1,137 and a victim surcharge of £80 at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on August 22.

She was charged with making false housing and council tax benefit claims in September 2011.

Overpayments totalled £6,000, which Huet will have to pay back to Basildon Council.

Councillor Stuart Sullivan, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for resources said: “It beggars belief how benefit cheats believe they can just take taxpayers money and divert it from people who genuinely warrant our support.

“Fraud is stealing and benefit fraud is stealing from the needy.”

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4:44pm Wed 27 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

Councillor Stuart Sullivan, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for resources said: “It beggars belief how benefit cheats believe they can just take taxpayers money and divert it from people who genuinely warrant our support. "

Lol says the guy who claims 'expenses'.
Councillor Stuart Sullivan, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for resources said: “It beggars belief how benefit cheats believe they can just take taxpayers money and divert it from people who genuinely warrant our support. " Lol says the guy who claims 'expenses'. supermadmax
  • Score: 17

4:51pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Eric the Red says...

supermadmax wrote:
Councillor Stuart Sullivan, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for resources said: “It beggars belief how benefit cheats believe they can just take taxpayers money and divert it from people who genuinely warrant our support. "

Lol says the guy who claims 'expenses'.
Doesn't make ANY fraud right. Beggers belief how easy it must be to do this - and how many others are at it and don't get caught.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Councillor Stuart Sullivan, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for resources said: “It beggars belief how benefit cheats believe they can just take taxpayers money and divert it from people who genuinely warrant our support. " Lol says the guy who claims 'expenses'.[/p][/quote]Doesn't make ANY fraud right. Beggers belief how easy it must be to do this - and how many others are at it and don't get caught. Eric the Red
  • Score: 11

6:02pm Wed 27 Aug 14

John Bull 40 says...

She has to pay £6000 to Basildon council, I wonder how much she claimed
over the years she has been fiddling, with 9 bank accounts, she is not a silly
old pensioner.
She has to pay £6000 to Basildon council, I wonder how much she claimed over the years she has been fiddling, with 9 bank accounts, she is not a silly old pensioner. John Bull 40
  • Score: 15

6:16pm Wed 27 Aug 14

the25man says...

How do you get these benefits. I've never thought to ask or find out
How do you get these benefits. I've never thought to ask or find out the25man
  • Score: 11

6:38pm Wed 27 Aug 14

poortaxpayer says...

What people don't realise is that there is something called 'Data Matching'. 'Date Matching' is an initiative where virtually everything from wages received, interest gained on savings, bank accounts held or benefit received is cross referenced with each other. This means every single owner of any bank or building society account, share certificate, premium bond or anything else financial is cross referenced with people who claim benefit. If there is a discrepancy (where someone on benefit has more bank accounts than that declared) then it appears on a report and is investigated. It could take years until the report is looked at as thousands and thousands of discrepancies have to be investigated. So someone thinks they are getting away with fraud but in reality the authorities will catch up with you. In the old days before Data Matching someone could get away with not declaring bank accounts but not any more.
What people don't realise is that there is something called 'Data Matching'. 'Date Matching' is an initiative where virtually everything from wages received, interest gained on savings, bank accounts held or benefit received is cross referenced with each other. This means every single owner of any bank or building society account, share certificate, premium bond or anything else financial is cross referenced with people who claim benefit. If there is a discrepancy (where someone on benefit has more bank accounts than that declared) then it appears on a report and is investigated. It could take years until the report is looked at as thousands and thousands of discrepancies have to be investigated. So someone thinks they are getting away with fraud but in reality the authorities will catch up with you. In the old days before Data Matching someone could get away with not declaring bank accounts but not any more. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 7

7:23pm Wed 27 Aug 14

TheWizzard says...

“Fraud is stealing and benefit fraud is stealing from the needy.”

There are those that are more needy now benefits have been cut
“Fraud is stealing and benefit fraud is stealing from the needy.” There are those that are more needy now benefits have been cut TheWizzard
  • Score: -3

7:33pm Wed 27 Aug 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

TheWizzard wrote:
“Fraud is stealing and benefit fraud is stealing from the needy.”

There are those that are more needy now benefits have been cut
Pass me the Kleenex someone
[quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: “Fraud is stealing and benefit fraud is stealing from the needy.” There are those that are more needy now benefits have been cut[/p][/quote]Pass me the Kleenex someone GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 2

8:37am Thu 28 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Picture please. The police / Echo are quite happy to release pictures of people who have not been charged with a crime but we want pictures of people who have been convicted please.
Picture please. The police / Echo are quite happy to release pictures of people who have not been charged with a crime but we want pictures of people who have been convicted please. CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 11

10:25am Thu 28 Aug 14

Hawthorne says...

supermadmax wrote:
Councillor Stuart Sullivan, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for resources said: “It beggars belief how benefit cheats believe they can just take taxpayers money and divert it from people who genuinely warrant our support. "

Lol says the guy who claims 'expenses'.
Why not stand for election? Sound's like you're willing to fund the job out of your own pocket. That's a much better deal for us.
Actually, no...it's easier to snipe from the sidelines than put your head above the parapet after all.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Councillor Stuart Sullivan, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for resources said: “It beggars belief how benefit cheats believe they can just take taxpayers money and divert it from people who genuinely warrant our support. " Lol says the guy who claims 'expenses'.[/p][/quote]Why not stand for election? Sound's like you're willing to fund the job out of your own pocket. That's a much better deal for us. Actually, no...it's easier to snipe from the sidelines than put your head above the parapet after all. Hawthorne
  • Score: 6

11:59am Thu 28 Aug 14

JoeBlogs2 says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
What people don't realise is that there is something called 'Data Matching'. 'Date Matching' is an initiative where virtually everything from wages received, interest gained on savings, bank accounts held or benefit received is cross referenced with each other. This means every single owner of any bank or building society account, share certificate, premium bond or anything else financial is cross referenced with people who claim benefit. If there is a discrepancy (where someone on benefit has more bank accounts than that declared) then it appears on a report and is investigated. It could take years until the report is looked at as thousands and thousands of discrepancies have to be investigated. So someone thinks they are getting away with fraud but in reality the authorities will catch up with you. In the old days before Data Matching someone could get away with not declaring bank accounts but not any more.
Ihave to say there does seem to be an increase in benefit fraud that’s been reported recently or the Basildon council are getting better at catching the benefit fraudster’s , clearly The new '' 'Data Matching'' system sounds like we going to see more in court as I would say most have a little nest egg hidden away from the Authorities
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: What people don't realise is that there is something called 'Data Matching'. 'Date Matching' is an initiative where virtually everything from wages received, interest gained on savings, bank accounts held or benefit received is cross referenced with each other. This means every single owner of any bank or building society account, share certificate, premium bond or anything else financial is cross referenced with people who claim benefit. If there is a discrepancy (where someone on benefit has more bank accounts than that declared) then it appears on a report and is investigated. It could take years until the report is looked at as thousands and thousands of discrepancies have to be investigated. So someone thinks they are getting away with fraud but in reality the authorities will catch up with you. In the old days before Data Matching someone could get away with not declaring bank accounts but not any more.[/p][/quote]Ihave to say there does seem to be an increase in benefit fraud that’s been reported recently or the Basildon council are getting better at catching the benefit fraudster’s , clearly The new '' 'Data Matching'' system sounds like we going to see more in court as I would say most have a little nest egg hidden away from the Authorities JoeBlogs2
  • Score: 2

12:04pm Thu 28 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
Picture please. The police / Echo are quite happy to release pictures of people who have not been charged with a crime but we want pictures of people who have been convicted please.
Having conjured various hideous images, of amusement, of some posters here, I'd like to see a picture of you and Gandy, but probably not, as I may be disappointed ..
[quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: Picture please. The police / Echo are quite happy to release pictures of people who have not been charged with a crime but we want pictures of people who have been convicted please.[/p][/quote]Having conjured various hideous images, of amusement, of some posters here, I'd like to see a picture of you and Gandy, but probably not, as I may be disappointed .. sesibollox
  • Score: -1

12:12pm Thu 28 Aug 14

JoeBlogs2 says...

But Carol is not the one whos been swinging the lead and taking the nicking tax papers money ?
But Carol is not the one whos been swinging the lead and taking the nicking tax papers money ? JoeBlogs2
  • Score: 2

1:26pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Stamper2 says...

Why suspend the sentence? Lock her away / send her to live up north. Why must we have this sort of scrounger living around here all the time?
Why suspend the sentence? Lock her away / send her to live up north. Why must we have this sort of scrounger living around here all the time? Stamper2
  • Score: 1

12:29am Fri 29 Aug 14

Illinois10 says...

Despite the crime, it makes a change to see someone who isn't of foreign origin committing benefit fraud. I wasn't aware that English people knew how to defraud local councils. Not sure why it was only a suspended sentence, maybe her age?
Despite the crime, it makes a change to see someone who isn't of foreign origin committing benefit fraud. I wasn't aware that English people knew how to defraud local councils. Not sure why it was only a suspended sentence, maybe her age? Illinois10
  • Score: 1

6:39pm Tue 2 Sep 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

sesibollox wrote:
CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
Picture please. The police / Echo are quite happy to release pictures of people who have not been charged with a crime but we want pictures of people who have been convicted please.
Having conjured various hideous images, of amusement, of some posters here, I'd like to see a picture of you and Gandy, but probably not, as I may be disappointed ..
You would not be disappointed
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: Picture please. The police / Echo are quite happy to release pictures of people who have not been charged with a crime but we want pictures of people who have been convicted please.[/p][/quote]Having conjured various hideous images, of amusement, of some posters here, I'd like to see a picture of you and Gandy, but probably not, as I may be disappointed ..[/p][/quote]You would not be disappointed CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 0

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