31 Jan 2012

Pensioner benefit thieves

Leicester pensioner Maria Magdelene Abell, who claimed housing and council tax benefits totalling £19,399 despite having more than £30,000 in bank accounts, has been given a 12-week suspended prison sentence.

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Another pensioner, Sohan Singh, from Slough, has been jailed for 12 months after dishonestly claiming housing and council tax benefit, incapacity benefit, income support, and pension credit totalling £69,533. The offences spanned the period December 2000 to November 2008 and included Singh making false statements on his claim forms by providing a false name, date of birth, national insurance number and failing to declare his identity as Charnjit Singh.

He also failed to declare savings accounts under this name, and that in November 2008 he dishonestly failed to declare his earnings from employment at Grundon Waste Management under the name Dhami Charnjit Singh.

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Peter Moran, from Runcorn, who wrongly claimed £17,428, has been given a suspended prison sentence for failing to declare his occupational pension. He received a 12 week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months, a 12 week curfew from 7pm to 7am, and was ordered to pay £150 costs and repay £17,428 to the council.

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