Hadleigh man jailed for swindling £23,000 in benefits

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A HADLEIGH man has been jailed for fraud after swindling tens of thousands of pounds in benefits.

Antony Chubb, of Castle Lane, Hadleigh, appeared before Southend Magistrates’ Court, charged with failing to notify Castle Point Council of a change in circumstances he knew would affect his entitlement to housing and council tax benefit.

He was also charged with failing to promptly notify the council of over £25,000 in undeclared income as he and his wife Carole Chubb gave their occupations as self-employed hairdressers when first claiming benefit in 2008.

Investigations by the council’s fraud officers showed the pair raked in an extra £23,607 in overpaid benefits as a result.

Mr Chubb took full responsibility for the fraud and so no charges were made against his wife.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison.

An arrangement will be made to collect the overpayment on his release from custody.

This comes after the Echo reported yesterday that tax dodgers could face hundreds of pounds in extra fines as major changes are being brought in to the way debt is collected.

From April 6, bailiffs will be scrapped in place of enforcement agents who will charge a debtor £75 on receiving a court order from the council to chase unpaid tax.

If the enforcement agents have to visit the debtor they will incur a further charge of £235.

Residents could also receive a £70 penalty if they do not make the council aware of changes in their circumstance which could affect howmuch council tax they have to pay.

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7:44am Thu 3 Apr 14

Happy Chickie says...

He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison.

Should have been 6 years the thieving bum.
He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison. Should have been 6 years the thieving bum. Happy Chickie
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7:50am Thu 3 Apr 14

I don't pay council tax - fu5k them says...

If a debtor came to my house which they have done before, I just shut the door in their face. Im not paying no one nothing even if I owe it. I couldn't care less really. I know my rights. Good luck Mr Chubb for your prison sentence, hope it ain't too bad for you. When you come out of prison, the best thing to do is take your name off the electoral roll and whatever property your living at, and return every letter back as Return to Sender. Seems to work for me alright!
If a debtor came to my house which they have done before, I just shut the door in their face. Im not paying no one nothing even if I owe it. I couldn't care less really. I know my rights. Good luck Mr Chubb for your prison sentence, hope it ain't too bad for you. When you come out of prison, the best thing to do is take your name off the electoral roll and whatever property your living at, and return every letter back as Return to Sender. Seems to work for me alright! I don't pay council tax - fu5k them
  • Score: -2

7:51am Thu 3 Apr 14

I don't pay council tax - fu5k them says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison.

Should have been 6 years the thieving bum.
I think the sentence was actually too harsh. Maybe he was just financially bad off? Maybe he was just trying to put food on the table for his family?
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison. Should have been 6 years the thieving bum.[/p][/quote]I think the sentence was actually too harsh. Maybe he was just financially bad off? Maybe he was just trying to put food on the table for his family? I don't pay council tax - fu5k them
  • Score: 3

7:52am Thu 3 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison.

Should have been 6 years the thieving bum.
He will be out after 8 weeks.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison. Should have been 6 years the thieving bum.[/p][/quote]He will be out after 8 weeks. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 4

8:25am Thu 3 Apr 14

aarontrophy says...

its shocking how 8 weeks 25k couldnt work for that wage
its shocking how 8 weeks 25k couldnt work for that wage aarontrophy
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8:42am Thu 3 Apr 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Seems crime does pay!
Seems crime does pay! InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 4

8:58am Thu 3 Apr 14

Rich;'Carol says...

A Nigerian in Stoke Newington who was claiming on 7 properties under different names with 17 forged children's documents was claiming over £7,000 a month in rents housing tax and benefits. He was also charged with sub letting. He pleaded guilty on 103 charges and was given 3 months jail which is 4 weeks less than the echo report thief. You make what you want out of this cos it makes no sense to me.
A Nigerian in Stoke Newington who was claiming on 7 properties under different names with 17 forged children's documents was claiming over £7,000 a month in rents housing tax and benefits. He was also charged with sub letting. He pleaded guilty on 103 charges and was given 3 months jail which is 4 weeks less than the echo report thief. You make what you want out of this cos it makes no sense to me. Rich;'Carol
  • Score: 8

9:02am Thu 3 Apr 14

Motherlode says...

The numbers reported in the article are quite telling if you break them down. He failed to notify the council of £80 a week of his earning earnings for 6 years, and they overpaid his housing benefit by £75.66 a week for 6 years.
Perhaps the fundamental problem is that you are expected to take the risk of running your own business for £5 a week more than you'd receive in benefits? I can't see how that will fire the entrepreneurial spirit.

The other issue is how the Council can pay housing benefit for 6 years without a re-assessment of their position. Did they not look into his finances? Did they miss something every year? It's crazy that they don't sort this out sooner - it almost seems that they want a few showcase fraud cases to throw to the newspapers every month.
The numbers reported in the article are quite telling if you break them down. He failed to notify the council of £80 a week of his earning earnings for 6 years, and they overpaid his housing benefit by £75.66 a week for 6 years. Perhaps the fundamental problem is that you are expected to take the risk of running your own business for £5 a week more than you'd receive in benefits? I can't see how that will fire the entrepreneurial spirit. The other issue is how the Council can pay housing benefit for 6 years without a re-assessment of their position. Did they not look into his finances? Did they miss something every year? It's crazy that they don't sort this out sooner - it almost seems that they want a few showcase fraud cases to throw to the newspapers every month. Motherlode
  • Score: 4

9:35am Thu 3 Apr 14

Mr.Westham. says...

Let me see, anyone doing 4 months for a non violent crime is entitled to being tagged at home, plus you only do half the anyway, meaning he could be home as quick as it takes to complete his risk assessment, maybe morally that's right, maybe that's wrong, but I have seen violent offenders walk free from courts with just community work...
maybe, debts could be settled by a period of community service so the tax payer can get something back... £25,000 is a lot of hours
Let me see, anyone doing 4 months for a non violent crime is entitled to being tagged at home, plus you only do half the anyway, meaning he could be home as quick as it takes to complete his risk assessment, maybe morally that's right, maybe that's wrong, but I have seen violent offenders walk free from courts with just community work... maybe, debts could be settled by a period of community service so the tax payer can get something back... £25,000 is a lot of hours Mr.Westham.
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9:54am Thu 3 Apr 14

Blind Haze says...

I don't pay council tax - fu5k them wrote:
If a debtor came to my house which they have done before, I just shut the door in their face. Im not paying no one nothing even if I owe it. I couldn't care less really. I know my rights. Good luck Mr Chubb for your prison sentence, hope it ain't too bad for you. When you come out of prison, the best thing to do is take your name off the electoral roll and whatever property your living at, and return every letter back as Return to Sender. Seems to work for me alright!
A debtor is someone who owes you money.
[quote][p][bold]I don't pay council tax - fu5k them[/bold] wrote: If a debtor came to my house which they have done before, I just shut the door in their face. Im not paying no one nothing even if I owe it. I couldn't care less really. I know my rights. Good luck Mr Chubb for your prison sentence, hope it ain't too bad for you. When you come out of prison, the best thing to do is take your name off the electoral roll and whatever property your living at, and return every letter back as Return to Sender. Seems to work for me alright![/p][/quote]A debtor is someone who owes you money. Blind Haze
  • Score: 8

1:12pm Thu 3 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

Rich;'Carol wrote:
A Nigerian in Stoke Newington who was claiming on 7 properties under different names with 17 forged children's documents was claiming over £7,000 a month in rents housing tax and benefits. He was also charged with sub letting. He pleaded guilty on 103 charges and was given 3 months jail which is 4 weeks less than the echo report thief. You make what you want out of this cos it makes no sense to me.
just imagine the scale that this is happening on...... they probably catch out only a fraction of 1% of the fraudsters, as if the legitimate hand outs to half the 3rd world living here wasn't enough......
[quote][p][bold]Rich;'Carol[/bold] wrote: A Nigerian in Stoke Newington who was claiming on 7 properties under different names with 17 forged children's documents was claiming over £7,000 a month in rents housing tax and benefits. He was also charged with sub letting. He pleaded guilty on 103 charges and was given 3 months jail which is 4 weeks less than the echo report thief. You make what you want out of this cos it makes no sense to me.[/p][/quote]just imagine the scale that this is happening on...... they probably catch out only a fraction of 1% of the fraudsters, as if the legitimate hand outs to half the 3rd world living here wasn't enough...... pembury53
  • Score: 2

6:58pm Thu 3 Apr 14

the25man says...

Well at lest they got caught
Well at lest they got caught the25man
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3:42pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

pembury53 wrote:
Rich;'Carol wrote:
A Nigerian in Stoke Newington who was claiming on 7 properties under different names with 17 forged children's documents was claiming over £7,000 a month in rents housing tax and benefits. He was also charged with sub letting. He pleaded guilty on 103 charges and was given 3 months jail which is 4 weeks less than the echo report thief. You make what you want out of this cos it makes no sense to me.
just imagine the scale that this is happening on...... they probably catch out only a fraction of 1% of the fraudsters, as if the legitimate hand outs to half the 3rd world living here wasn't enough......
And imagine how much could be gleaned back if the culture minister, and her colleagues, paid back what they swindled and continue to do so from the kitty!
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rich;'Carol[/bold] wrote: A Nigerian in Stoke Newington who was claiming on 7 properties under different names with 17 forged children's documents was claiming over £7,000 a month in rents housing tax and benefits. He was also charged with sub letting. He pleaded guilty on 103 charges and was given 3 months jail which is 4 weeks less than the echo report thief. You make what you want out of this cos it makes no sense to me.[/p][/quote]just imagine the scale that this is happening on...... they probably catch out only a fraction of 1% of the fraudsters, as if the legitimate hand outs to half the 3rd world living here wasn't enough......[/p][/quote]And imagine how much could be gleaned back if the culture minister, and her colleagues, paid back what they swindled and continue to do so from the kitty! ThisYear
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