Pitsea benefit cheat who swindled nearly £12,000 avoids jail

Benefit cheat avoids jail

Benefit cheat avoids jail

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A BENEFITS cheat who swindled nearly £12,000 has avoided a jail term.

Toni Kemp, 35, failed to declare her partner was living with her at her home in Wythams, Pitsea.

She also fraudulently produced a document, which she showed to council officers in order to continue receiving housing benefit and council tax benefit.

Kemp illegally claimed £11,906 between June 2012 and October 2013, including £6,159 of housing benefit, £799 of council tax benefit, and £4,946 income support.

She pleaded guilty to four charges during an appearance at Basildon Magistrates’ Court, including three counts of dishonestly failing to give prompt notification of changes of circumstance and one count of dishonestly producing or furnishing a document which was false.

Kemp was handed a 12-month community order, including 200 hours unpaid work.

She was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

Rob Manser, operations Manager for billings and benefits at Basildon Council, said: “In most cases, benefits are paid to those in genuine need of support but on this occasion it was not the case and the defendant had not declared her spouse was living with her or his income.

"This Authority is committed to its duty to protect taxpayer’s money. In these times of financial austerity, when many local people are feeling the strain, it makes it doubly important that we do our utmost to ensure that public money only goes to those who are entitled.

“Benefit fraud is against the law and cheats will be forced to face the consequences. As well as paying their debt to society they will have to repay every penny they stole, back to the tax payers.”

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12:44pm Wed 21 May 14

Discouraged says...

If MPs can fiddle thousands over houses and get away with it I suppose it is fair for the rest.
If MPs can fiddle thousands over houses and get away with it I suppose it is fair for the rest. Discouraged
  • Score: -16

1:40pm Wed 21 May 14

angryofessex says...

Discouraged wrote:
If MPs can fiddle thousands over houses and get away with it I suppose it is fair for the rest.
Here we go again, will nobody ever be held responsible for their actions anymore?
[quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: If MPs can fiddle thousands over houses and get away with it I suppose it is fair for the rest.[/p][/quote]Here we go again, will nobody ever be held responsible for their actions anymore? angryofessex
  • Score: 28

2:19pm Wed 21 May 14

GeneralGrb says...

angryofessex wrote:
Discouraged wrote: If MPs can fiddle thousands over houses and get away with it I suppose it is fair for the rest.
Here we go again, will nobody ever be held responsible for their actions anymore?
Not whilst big business and wealthy individuals avoid their fair share. Cheating whether benefits or tax is wrong. Tax avoidance accounts for about £35b a year many times more than benefit fraud. I know on eis illegal and one isn't, but there still is a moral duty. If big corprations paid their full tax or their staff a liviing wage, there would be less on benefits anyway. Most benefits excluding pensioners are paid to people IN work, because of their low pay.
[quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: If MPs can fiddle thousands over houses and get away with it I suppose it is fair for the rest.[/p][/quote]Here we go again, will nobody ever be held responsible for their actions anymore?[/p][/quote]Not whilst big business and wealthy individuals avoid their fair share. Cheating whether benefits or tax is wrong. Tax avoidance accounts for about £35b a year many times more than benefit fraud. I know on eis illegal and one isn't, but there still is a moral duty. If big corprations paid their full tax or their staff a liviing wage, there would be less on benefits anyway. Most benefits excluding pensioners are paid to people IN work, because of their low pay. GeneralGrb
  • Score: -13

3:13pm Wed 21 May 14

profondo asbo says...

GeneralGrb wrote:
angryofessex wrote:
Discouraged wrote: If MPs can fiddle thousands over houses and get away with it I suppose it is fair for the rest.
Here we go again, will nobody ever be held responsible for their actions anymore?
Not whilst big business and wealthy individuals avoid their fair share. Cheating whether benefits or tax is wrong. Tax avoidance accounts for about £35b a year many times more than benefit fraud. I know on eis illegal and one isn't, but there still is a moral duty. If big corprations paid their full tax or their staff a liviing wage, there would be less on benefits anyway. Most benefits excluding pensioners are paid to people IN work, because of their low pay.
only in your communist utopia.
[quote][p][bold]GeneralGrb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: If MPs can fiddle thousands over houses and get away with it I suppose it is fair for the rest.[/p][/quote]Here we go again, will nobody ever be held responsible for their actions anymore?[/p][/quote]Not whilst big business and wealthy individuals avoid their fair share. Cheating whether benefits or tax is wrong. Tax avoidance accounts for about £35b a year many times more than benefit fraud. I know on eis illegal and one isn't, but there still is a moral duty. If big corprations paid their full tax or their staff a liviing wage, there would be less on benefits anyway. Most benefits excluding pensioners are paid to people IN work, because of their low pay.[/p][/quote]only in your communist utopia. profondo asbo
  • Score: 13

4:15pm Wed 21 May 14

the25man says...

Well to clear £12000 with 200 hours work would mean you are paid £60 per hour. No wonder the benefit system gets fiddled
Well to clear £12000 with 200 hours work would mean you are paid £60 per hour. No wonder the benefit system gets fiddled the25man
  • Score: 4

4:31pm Wed 21 May 14

essex bad boy says...

the25man wrote:
Well to clear £12000 with 200 hours work would mean you are paid £60 per hour. No wonder the benefit system gets fiddled
Plus paying it back as well so that's £12,000 for 200 hours work he HAS TO DO plus paying it back, but the real truth is 200 hours community work at base rate relates to over £1,300 he can not get paid for + a criminal record + the agro of being scrutinised for the rest of their claims as well, so in reality he now LOSES £13,000 at least, then they may get the Proceeds of Crime Act used against them and HAVE TO PAY INTREST as well AND COULD lose any luxury items they own to repay the debt ...........
[quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: Well to clear £12000 with 200 hours work would mean you are paid £60 per hour. No wonder the benefit system gets fiddled[/p][/quote]Plus paying it back as well so that's £12,000 for 200 hours work he HAS TO DO plus paying it back, but the real truth is 200 hours community work at base rate relates to over £1,300 he can not get paid for + a criminal record + the agro of being scrutinised for the rest of their claims as well, so in reality he now LOSES £13,000 at least, then they may get the Proceeds of Crime Act used against them and HAVE TO PAY INTREST as well AND COULD lose any luxury items they own to repay the debt ........... essex bad boy
  • Score: 9

4:59pm Wed 21 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

She will appear at the local food bank next week as she is so poor her children
are starving, and some do-gooder will give her a handout.
She will appear at the local food bank next week as she is so poor her children are starving, and some do-gooder will give her a handout. John Bull 40
  • Score: 6

6:09pm Wed 21 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

essex bad boy wrote:
the25man wrote: Well to clear £12000 with 200 hours work would mean you are paid £60 per hour. No wonder the benefit system gets fiddled
Plus paying it back as well so that's £12,000 for 200 hours work he HAS TO DO plus paying it back, but the real truth is 200 hours community work at base rate relates to over £1,300 he can not get paid for + a criminal record + the agro of being scrutinised for the rest of their claims as well, so in reality he now LOSES £13,000 at least, then they may get the Proceeds of Crime Act used against them and HAVE TO PAY INTREST as well AND COULD lose any luxury items they own to repay the debt ...........
Eh!!!!!! do you mean that they can carry on collecting benefits
Surly a life time ban claiming benefits would be a better sentence #im fecked of paying for these breast sucking scum
[quote][p][bold]essex bad boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: Well to clear £12000 with 200 hours work would mean you are paid £60 per hour. No wonder the benefit system gets fiddled[/p][/quote]Plus paying it back as well so that's £12,000 for 200 hours work he HAS TO DO plus paying it back, but the real truth is 200 hours community work at base rate relates to over £1,300 he can not get paid for + a criminal record + the agro of being scrutinised for the rest of their claims as well, so in reality he now LOSES £13,000 at least, then they may get the Proceeds of Crime Act used against them and HAVE TO PAY INTREST as well AND COULD lose any luxury items they own to repay the debt ...........[/p][/quote]Eh!!!!!! do you mean that they can carry on collecting benefits Surly a life time ban claiming benefits would be a better sentence #im fecked of paying for these breast sucking scum Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 11

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