Benefit cheat admits illegally claiming £18,000

Anna Luxton admitted five offences

Anna Luxton admitted five offences

First published in Local News

A WOMAN who swindled more than £18,000 of benefits has narrowly avoided a jail term.

Anna Luxton, 34, of Orkney Gardens, Wickford, failed to tell Basildon Council and the Department for Work and Pensions that she was working and earning nearly £25,000 a year.

She pleaded guilty to five offences during an appearance at Basildon Magistrates Court.

Luxton admitted two counts of failing to give prompt notification of a change in circumstances affecting her entitlement to benefits between April 5 2012 and October 17 2013, and three offences of making false representations on August 7 2012, August 16 2012 and August 21 2013.

She illegally claimed £9,342 in housing benefit, £1,960 in council tax and local council tax support, £4,523 in income Support and £2,430 in maternity allowance.

Luxton was sentenced to a community order and must complete 180 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months.

She was also ordered to pay back her £18,255 overpayments and costs of £700.

Councillor Stuart Sullivan, cabinet member for resources, said: “Benefit fraud is theft and the cheats who try and get away with it are stealing from their neighbours, the residents of Basildon.

“In most cases, benefits are paid to those in genuine need of support.

“However, there are an unscrupulous few who think they can dishonestly dip into the public purse unnoticed.

“Benefit fraud is against the law and cheats will be forced to face the consequences.”

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11:54am Tue 19 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

At least she is working, which is why I expect she got a lenient sentance
At least she is working, which is why I expect she got a lenient sentance Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: -9

12:45pm Tue 19 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

seems fair enough, she might have just forgot....
seems fair enough, she might have just forgot.... pembury53
  • Score: -9

12:55pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Perhaps she thought she was an MP or a member of the The House Of Lords......
Perhaps she thought she was an MP or a member of the The House Of Lords...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 9

1:02pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Southend65 says...

What a surprise to hear the phrases "narrowly avoided a jail sentence" and "benefit cheat" in the same sentence yet again.

So much for getting tough on the benefit-cheating scum.
What a surprise to hear the phrases "narrowly avoided a jail sentence" and "benefit cheat" in the same sentence yet again. So much for getting tough on the benefit-cheating scum. Southend65
  • Score: 12

1:16pm Tue 19 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

Southend65 wrote:
What a surprise to hear the phrases "narrowly avoided a jail sentence" and "benefit cheat" in the same sentence yet again.

So much for getting tough on the benefit-cheating scum.
contrary to what you may think, the courts do sometimes consider the economics, and wider public interest..... despite the denials of the tory govt. the prisons are at crisis point with over crowding, and this women has a job.... lock her up and kiss good buy to the 18 grand, not to mention the cost of the incarceration, plus benefits for life upon release...
[quote][p][bold]Southend65[/bold] wrote: What a surprise to hear the phrases "narrowly avoided a jail sentence" and "benefit cheat" in the same sentence yet again. So much for getting tough on the benefit-cheating scum.[/p][/quote]contrary to what you may think, the courts do sometimes consider the economics, and wider public interest..... despite the denials of the tory govt. the prisons are at crisis point with over crowding, and this women has a job.... lock her up and kiss good buy to the 18 grand, not to mention the cost of the incarceration, plus benefits for life upon release... pembury53
  • Score: 6

1:51pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Sensible Man says...

As an aside from the above story - do women ever get sent to prison in this crazy left-wing liberal do-gooder country except in the most extreme of extreme crimes? How many times have you read on the Echo website that someone "narrowly" avoided jail? Laughable. I would love to see the stupid garbage left-wing, liberal, do-gooder sentencing guidelines that these judges apparently adhere to. Whatever happened to punishment??
As an aside from the above story - do women ever get sent to prison in this crazy left-wing liberal do-gooder country except in the most extreme of extreme crimes? How many times have you read on the Echo website that someone "narrowly" avoided jail? Laughable. I would love to see the stupid garbage left-wing, liberal, do-gooder sentencing guidelines that these judges apparently adhere to. Whatever happened to punishment?? Sensible Man
  • Score: 4

1:58pm Tue 19 Aug 14

n-unknown says...

It seems like everyone who goes to court these days "narrowly" avoids a jail sentence...
It seems like everyone who goes to court these days "narrowly" avoids a jail sentence... n-unknown
  • Score: 7

4:05pm Tue 19 Aug 14

HammersCraig says...

I know Anna she also has a conviction 4 assault when she stabbed a girl yrs back, she spent time inside 4 it. Nasty piece of work. Prison is best place for her.
I know Anna she also has a conviction 4 assault when she stabbed a girl yrs back, she spent time inside 4 it. Nasty piece of work. Prison is best place for her. HammersCraig
  • Score: 11

4:22pm Tue 19 Aug 14

ThisYear says...

Sensible Man wrote:
As an aside from the above story - do women ever get sent to prison in this crazy left-wing liberal do-gooder country except in the most extreme of extreme crimes? How many times have you read on the Echo website that someone "narrowly" avoided jail? Laughable. I would love to see the stupid garbage left-wing, liberal, do-gooder sentencing guidelines that these judges apparently adhere to. Whatever happened to punishment??
"punishment' is listening to right-wing nutjobs like you denouncing toff judges as if they were working class plebs....Judges are part of the establishment...the establishment is made mostly up of the upper-middle class/upper class..your kind of idiocy allows said class to do as they like with the working class because of the confusion of who's doing what to who...wake up you cretin.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: As an aside from the above story - do women ever get sent to prison in this crazy left-wing liberal do-gooder country except in the most extreme of extreme crimes? How many times have you read on the Echo website that someone "narrowly" avoided jail? Laughable. I would love to see the stupid garbage left-wing, liberal, do-gooder sentencing guidelines that these judges apparently adhere to. Whatever happened to punishment??[/p][/quote]"punishment' is listening to right-wing nutjobs like you denouncing toff judges as if they were working class plebs....Judges are part of the establishment...the establishment is made mostly up of the upper-middle class/upper class..your kind of idiocy allows said class to do as they like with the working class because of the confusion of who's doing what to who...wake up you cretin. ThisYear
  • Score: 1

5:09pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Motherlode says...

Sensible Man wrote:
As an aside from the above story - do women ever get sent to prison in this crazy left-wing liberal do-gooder country except in the most extreme of extreme crimes? How many times have you read on the Echo website that someone "narrowly" avoided jail? Laughable. I would love to see the stupid garbage left-wing, liberal, do-gooder sentencing guidelines that these judges apparently adhere to. Whatever happened to punishment??
http://www.cps.gov.u
k/legal/s_to_u/sente
ncing_manual/

Here you go. The (stupid garbage left-wing, liberal, do-gooder) sentencing guidelines these judges adhere to.

No more posting on the website now until you've read the lot!
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: As an aside from the above story - do women ever get sent to prison in this crazy left-wing liberal do-gooder country except in the most extreme of extreme crimes? How many times have you read on the Echo website that someone "narrowly" avoided jail? Laughable. I would love to see the stupid garbage left-wing, liberal, do-gooder sentencing guidelines that these judges apparently adhere to. Whatever happened to punishment??[/p][/quote]http://www.cps.gov.u k/legal/s_to_u/sente ncing_manual/ Here you go. The (stupid garbage left-wing, liberal, do-gooder) sentencing guidelines these judges adhere to. No more posting on the website now until you've read the lot! Motherlode
  • Score: 3

8:33pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Blind Haze says...

I don't understand how anyone can see an £18k theft as not worthy of a jail sentence.
I don't understand how anyone can see an £18k theft as not worthy of a jail sentence. Blind Haze
  • Score: 1

9:45pm Tue 19 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

She earns 25k so she would be better off just going to prison for 3-6 months. If I was her I would refuse to give any back.
She earns 25k so she would be better off just going to prison for 3-6 months. If I was her I would refuse to give any back. supermadmax
  • Score: -2

7:18am Wed 20 Aug 14

The King of Southend says...

supermadmax wrote:
She earns 25k so she would be better off just going to prison for 3-6 months. If I was her I would refuse to give any back.
Yes. Most employers are fine with staff taking a few months off to do a bit of bird.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: She earns 25k so she would be better off just going to prison for 3-6 months. If I was her I would refuse to give any back.[/p][/quote]Yes. Most employers are fine with staff taking a few months off to do a bit of bird. The King of Southend
  • Score: 5

8:26am Wed 20 Aug 14

clever monkey says...

Trouble is, her actions tar all other benefit folks with the same brush, many benefit receivers are actually working but need a state top-up because the employer is too tight to pay a living wage or because Tory Britain is pricing the poor out of the country.

Again, we have a White British born benefit cheat, yet UKIP go on and on about the minority -about 1%- of benefit cheats who are migrants...
Trouble is, her actions tar all other benefit folks with the same brush, many benefit receivers are actually working but need a state top-up because the employer is too tight to pay a living wage or because Tory Britain is pricing the poor out of the country. Again, we have a White British born benefit cheat, yet UKIP go on and on about the minority -about 1%- of benefit cheats who are migrants... clever monkey
  • Score: 1

9:56pm Fri 29 Aug 14

wickfordite says...

Ok, here are a few realities about this situation. We are discussing a single mother working part time whilst looking after a small child. Someone who would be better off (and cost more in benefits) if they were jobless and claiming for housing allowance as well as all the other perks that come with being bone idle. That would be legal and not news. It would be very similar to lots of ‘honest’ people out there these days. Some people decide however that they have a social conscience. Its better to work and contribute.

What we have here is a working mother who has misunderstood what she was entitled to claim and, whilst clearly accountable for the error did nothing at any time to hide what she was claiming or earning. The reason for that? It was an error. One she is now paying for. 18ks worth.

The woman in question is owed money for child support. The people she is supposedly swindling are letting her down on pursuing money she is legally entitled to.

Always two sides to a story.
Ok, here are a few realities about this situation. We are discussing a single mother working part time whilst looking after a small child. Someone who would be better off (and cost more in benefits) if they were jobless and claiming for housing allowance as well as all the other perks that come with being bone idle. That would be legal and not news. It would be very similar to lots of ‘honest’ people out there these days. Some people decide however that they have a social conscience. Its better to work and contribute. What we have here is a working mother who has misunderstood what she was entitled to claim and, whilst clearly accountable for the error did nothing at any time to hide what she was claiming or earning. The reason for that? It was an error. One she is now paying for. 18ks worth. The woman in question is owed money for child support. The people she is supposedly swindling are letting her down on pursuing money she is legally entitled to. Always two sides to a story. wickfordite
  • Score: -3

5:46pm Mon 1 Sep 14

HammersCraig says...

wickfordite wrote:
Ok, here are a few realities about this situation. We are discussing a single mother working part time whilst looking after a small child. Someone who would be better off (and cost more in benefits) if they were jobless and claiming for housing allowance as well as all the other perks that come with being bone idle. That would be legal and not news. It would be very similar to lots of ‘honest’ people out there these days. Some people decide however that they have a social conscience. Its better to work and contribute.

What we have here is a working mother who has misunderstood what she was entitled to claim and, whilst clearly accountable for the error did nothing at any time to hide what she was claiming or earning. The reason for that? It was an error. One she is now paying for. 18ks worth.

The woman in question is owed money for child support. The people she is supposedly swindling are letting her down on pursuing money she is legally entitled to.

Always two sides to a story.
One of the funniest comments I have read on here. Are you honestly trying to say that this was all a harmless mistake? That poor old Ms Luxton simply filled in the forms incorrectly? This was and is a blatant act of fraud of which the benefits' cheat has been caught red handed for.
Ms Luxton wanted to have her cake and eat it; she wanted the money she earned from her employment and she also wanted Mr Taxpayers money as well.
She admitted five offences, five! Some how I dont see that as an 'error'.
You 'Wickfordite' are also guilty of fraud, by trying to pull the wool over Echo readers eyes...Good day
[quote][p][bold]wickfordite[/bold] wrote: Ok, here are a few realities about this situation. We are discussing a single mother working part time whilst looking after a small child. Someone who would be better off (and cost more in benefits) if they were jobless and claiming for housing allowance as well as all the other perks that come with being bone idle. That would be legal and not news. It would be very similar to lots of ‘honest’ people out there these days. Some people decide however that they have a social conscience. Its better to work and contribute. What we have here is a working mother who has misunderstood what she was entitled to claim and, whilst clearly accountable for the error did nothing at any time to hide what she was claiming or earning. The reason for that? It was an error. One she is now paying for. 18ks worth. The woman in question is owed money for child support. The people she is supposedly swindling are letting her down on pursuing money she is legally entitled to. Always two sides to a story.[/p][/quote]One of the funniest comments I have read on here. Are you honestly trying to say that this was all a harmless mistake? That poor old Ms Luxton simply filled in the forms incorrectly? This was and is a blatant act of fraud of which the benefits' cheat has been caught red handed for. Ms Luxton wanted to have her cake and eat it; she wanted the money she earned from her employment and she also wanted Mr Taxpayers money as well. She admitted five offences, five! Some how I dont see that as an 'error'. You 'Wickfordite' are also guilty of fraud, by trying to pull the wool over Echo readers eyes...Good day HammersCraig
  • Score: 3

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