7 Mar 2013

Repeat benefit thief jailed after slow

A widowed mother-of-six who put two of her children through private education with the money she made from benefit frauds has been jailed for a year.

Juliet Flowers continued with her dishonest activity, which netted her more than £53,000, after being given a conditional discharge for a similar fraud.

But the 42-year-old of Twickenham Way in Binley finally paid the price this week after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to one charge of cheating the public revenue and three of making false representations to obtain benefits.

Judge Marten Coates told her:
Judges are most reluctant to send mothers to custody, but your case is one of deliberate dishonesty over a seven-year period.
Prosecutor Daniel White said Flowers had obtained £41,035 in income support and £12,695 in housing and council tax benefit to which she was not entitled between 2001 and 2011 with a short break in 2007.

The court heard in 1997 Flowers had received a lumps sum of £76,000 following the death of her Rover worker partner, and then as his next of kin she received his £800 a month pension entitlement.

But despite the capital and her income from the pension, in August 2001 she began making benefit claims which were fraudulent from the outset.

In 2006 Flowers was convicted of benefit fraud after it was found she had failed to declare that her mother was her landlady, for which she was given a conditional discharge.

But her bigger lie by not declaring her true financial position went undetected at that time and she soon began making fraudulent claims again.

When she was finally questioned about it in April 2011 she accepted failing to declare the pension she was receiving.

Nicholas Smith, defending, said the payment she got after the death of her husband was lost on a failed business venture, and pleaded for her not to be jailed because four of his six children were aged 12 or under, including a three-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy, while she also helped care for her elderly mother.

Mr Smith said: "She is sorry for what she has done. She did it for what, from her point of view, were the best of intentions: to put her children through a private education. And it has been successful, because her 22-year-old daughter has, somewhat ironically, obtained a degree in law."

This calculating thief is sorry she was caught.


Anonymous said...

Good on her... pity these real crooks like David Cameron, Lord Hogg and Margaret Moran aren't blogged on.

John Page said...

How brave of you to make a duff point anonymously.

I'm sure there are blogs and articles about those three - just not here.