12 Aug 2013

Another Wadkin benefit thief

Here's the previous one.

A woman from Winsford will have to pay back more than £50,000 she fraudulently claimed in benefits. (h/t Dave)

Michelle Wadkin pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to declare that her partner was resident with her - and had been since she claimed benefit in May 2006.

The 30-year-old was overpaid in excess of £51,000 in housing and council tax benefit, and income support.

Chester Crown Court sentenced Wadkin to ten months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and ordered her to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Wadkin must also fully repay the overpaid benefit to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Benefit thieves do it for the money. They should have to pay back twice what they stole. They should not be eligible for any benefits until they have, and they should have to do some unpaid work every week until the debt to society is cleared.

That would be a deterrent.

A confiscation order should be made immediately.

Hit them in the pocket!

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