We'll crack down on benefits cheats

We'll crack down on benefits cheats

We'll crack down on benefits cheats

First published in News

BENEFITS fraudsters have been warned they will be hauled before the courts after two fake claimants were prosecuted.

Jeanette Johnson, 45, of Oxford Crescent, Clacton, claimed £6,214.40 to which she was not entitled.

She failed to tell Tendring Council her daughter, who was living with her, was working and receiving child and working tax credit.

Johnson admitted at Colchester Magistrates’ Court making a false claim.

She was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and pay £150 costs. She told the court she would be contacting the council to repay the debt.

Christopher King, 29, who now lives in Avon Way, Colchester, admitted making a false claim.

King claimed housing benefit while living in Old School Lane, Elmstead Market, despite getting a job and changing address.

He wrongly claimed £1,270 from March 26 to August 12 2012.

He was ordered to carry out 75 hours of unpaid work, pay £100 costs and repay the money.

Paul Honeywood, Tendring Council’s interim leader, said: “It is essential anyone claiming benefits lets us know about all income received and if there any changes to it.

“Failure to do so can end up with an appearance before the courts, as we will not hesitate to prosecute where there is the evidence.”

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8:03am Wed 8 Jan 14

hootch732 says...

the problem is the genuine claimants are thrown into the same pot as the faudsters.
the problem is the genuine claimants are thrown into the same pot as the faudsters. hootch732
  • Score: 5

8:25am Wed 8 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

hootch732 wrote:
the problem is the genuine claimants are thrown into the same pot as the faudsters.
Tighter scrutiny is essential to weed out the dishonest claimants from stealing benefits they are not entitled to so every claimant should not object to the checks being made. If people don't abuse the system, which has long been due for overhaul, then genuine claimants really have nothing to worry about.
[quote][p][bold]hootch732[/bold] wrote: the problem is the genuine claimants are thrown into the same pot as the faudsters.[/p][/quote]Tighter scrutiny is essential to weed out the dishonest claimants from stealing benefits they are not entitled to so every claimant should not object to the checks being made. If people don't abuse the system, which has long been due for overhaul, then genuine claimants really have nothing to worry about. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 7

10:08am Wed 8 Jan 14

Catchedicam says...

The small fry get caught for piddlingly small sums that cost more to investigate and prosecute than is ever recovered, meanwhile the real fraudsters get away with it and still turn up at the house of lords or commons each day to claim their benefits. Time to focus on the real crimes being committed against this country
The small fry get caught for piddlingly small sums that cost more to investigate and prosecute than is ever recovered, meanwhile the real fraudsters get away with it and still turn up at the house of lords or commons each day to claim their benefits. Time to focus on the real crimes being committed against this country Catchedicam
  • Score: -1

12:29pm Wed 8 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

The single biggest problem is the enemy from within and NOT those who rely or apply from the system.

More Public Sector workers that are in the system miscreant the system than those without work who have nothing and our at the bottom end of the pile.

The so called hard working families especially the ones that work for the system know how the deal works they have all the inside Info.

They know who's doing what, when and where in relation to investigations

I have family in the Security industry... The largest proportion of theft in big stores and companies nearly 85% is perpetrated from the staff within the company employed, only 15% is actual shoplifting and pilfering by thieves on the outside.

The Credits system by the Government ie the Child and Working Credits, is the biggest single area of fraud in the benefits system:

Most of the diddlers are from within the system, because there the last place that their own clouseau mob go to look....
The single biggest problem is the enemy from within and NOT those who rely or apply from the system. More Public Sector workers that are in the system miscreant the system than those without work who have nothing and our at the bottom end of the pile. The so called hard working families especially the ones that work for the system know how the deal works they have all the inside Info. They know who's doing what, when and where in relation to investigations I have family in the Security industry... The largest proportion of theft in big stores and companies nearly 85% is perpetrated from the staff within the company employed, only 15% is actual shoplifting and pilfering by thieves on the outside. The Credits system by the Government ie the Child and Working Credits, is the biggest single area of fraud in the benefits system: Most of the diddlers are from within the system, because there the last place that their own clouseau mob go to look.... A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 3

2:38pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
hootch732 wrote:
the problem is the genuine claimants are thrown into the same pot as the faudsters.
Tighter scrutiny is essential to weed out the dishonest claimants from stealing benefits they are not entitled to so every claimant should not object to the checks being made. If people don't abuse the system, which has long been due for overhaul, then genuine claimants really have nothing to worry about.
Bloody right, Say It, us hard working tax payers have had to endure the politically correct, Marxist elite, allowing the scroungers to take the pi$$. A recent poll suggested over half of us think that 27 per cent of benefits are fraudulently claimed. Now, somebody with a brain might look at facts, which actually show that just 0.7 per cent of benefits were overpaid due to fraud, or that the vast majority of benefits go to pensioners, and that the vast majority of working age benefits go to those in work. But like Say It, I prefer to form my opinion from gossip, rumour, and media hysteria, that allows us to state this wonderful perceived wisdom that benefits dependency is out of hand, and 'has long been due for overhaul' (again ignoring the fact that the total of unclaimed benefits outweigh the amount that is fraudulently claimed). We actually know nothing about what living on benefits is really like, other than as everybody knows (thanks to the wonderful media we have in this country), it's full of people living off of my taxes. It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.

I just so hate facts, and statistics. As I always say, you can prove anything with a fact, so what does that actually prove? So these facts which actually tell us that welfare fraud cost £1.2 billion last year (the unclaimed total was £1.3 billion), is far outweighed by tax avoidance (which Her Majesty's Revenue conservatively (would you expect anything else from a Conservative government?) puts at £30 billion, with other estimates far higher), should again be ignored. No, we get all what we need to know about all this from programmes like 'Benefits Street', that went out on Monday night. A wonderful show, that really had me frothing at the mouth in anger. And when something as extreme left as Channel 4 admits benefits dependency and fraud is the big problem in this country, it shows why we have to ignore things as pointless as facts.

It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is, and like Say It, it makes me really mad.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hootch732[/bold] wrote: the problem is the genuine claimants are thrown into the same pot as the faudsters.[/p][/quote]Tighter scrutiny is essential to weed out the dishonest claimants from stealing benefits they are not entitled to so every claimant should not object to the checks being made. If people don't abuse the system, which has long been due for overhaul, then genuine claimants really have nothing to worry about.[/p][/quote]Bloody right, Say It, us hard working tax payers have had to endure the politically correct, Marxist elite, allowing the scroungers to take the pi$$. A recent poll suggested over half of us think that 27 per cent of benefits are fraudulently claimed. Now, somebody with a brain might look at facts, which actually show that just 0.7 per cent of benefits were overpaid due to fraud, or that the vast majority of benefits go to pensioners, and that the vast majority of working age benefits go to those in work. But like Say It, I prefer to form my opinion from gossip, rumour, and media hysteria, that allows us to state this wonderful perceived wisdom that benefits dependency is out of hand, and 'has long been due for overhaul' (again ignoring the fact that the total of unclaimed benefits outweigh the amount that is fraudulently claimed). We actually know nothing about what living on benefits is really like, other than as everybody knows (thanks to the wonderful media we have in this country), it's full of people living off of my taxes. It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. I just so hate facts, and statistics. As I always say, you can prove anything with a fact, so what does that actually prove? So these facts which actually tell us that welfare fraud cost £1.2 billion last year (the unclaimed total was £1.3 billion), is far outweighed by tax avoidance (which Her Majesty's Revenue conservatively (would you expect anything else from a Conservative government?) puts at £30 billion, with other estimates far higher), should again be ignored. No, we get all what we need to know about all this from programmes like 'Benefits Street', that went out on Monday night. A wonderful show, that really had me frothing at the mouth in anger. And when something as extreme left as Channel 4 admits benefits dependency and fraud is the big problem in this country, it shows why we have to ignore things as pointless as facts. It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is, and like Say It, it makes me really mad. Mail Member 4 Colchester
  • Score: 1

4:13pm Wed 8 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Sad but true, but what can you do.don't matter for whom you vote, it's you they'l screw.
Sad but true, but what can you do.don't matter for whom you vote, it's you they'l screw. stevedawson
  • Score: 4

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