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29 Aug 2013

Another mother gets away with big benefit theft

A mother of eight has been told she came a ‘hair’s breadth’ from being locked up after pleading guilty to more than £90,000 of benefit fraud.

Yvonne Rosher, from Gosport, admitted four counts of failing to tell the DWP and Gosport Borough Council that she was living as husband and wife with Steven Rosher between October 2007 and September 2011.

At Portsmouth Crown Court, she was given a two-year jail sentence, suspended for two years, to run concurrently for each of the charges.

She was also given a 12-month supervision requirement and must complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

The money is being repaid through reductions from her benefits.

Judge Sarah Munro QC said:
In nearly four years of living together as a couple, you failed to notify the relevant agencies and as such, you were overpaid some £90,000. You are now paying back the money, but the money will almost certainly never be fully repaid or not for a long time.
The court heard how the 41-year-old has six children living at home with her and her husband.

Sarah Jones, defending, said: ‘It’s neither an exaggeration nor seeking pity, but there was no suggestion they were spending frivolously.’

They were certainly living well beyond their means.

Rosher came to the area after fleeing from her violent first husband.

Ms Jones added: ‘There’s no question that this will live with her for the rest of her life. It’s proved a highly salutary lesson to her.’

Several statements were handed to the judge supporting Rosher, describing her as ‘trustworthy and reliable’.

What a joke. She's a common thief, who stole for year after year.

She was previously of good character.

Ms Munro added: ‘The best people to look after your children are you and your partner. Prison in some ways would be an easy option for you, but it would have tragic and long-standing consequences for your children.’

She added: ‘You have escaped custody by a hair’s breadth.

‘If you don’t comply with these requirements, there will be no sympathy from the courts next time.’

So where's the punishment? Where's the deterrent?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

the thing that annoys me with this is the woman was constantly rubbing it in peoples faces about what she was claiming and once eventually caught blamed others for her predicament!! I just read a mother of 3 has just been jailed because of benefit fraud!! There needs to be some consistency within the judicial path, Benefit Fraud will continue till someone starts putting their foot down!!!

Anonymous said...

I know this person and she has always made out that she is better than everyone else she has constantly blamed my friend for her predicament never herself she got off way to lightly and will gloat that she got away with it it's disgusting how the law works and it needs to be changed

Anonymous said...

Everybodys at it in my area. Single mom fraud is definitely routine, few are ever caught.