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18 Nov 2014

Benefit scrounger family jailed

Today we highlight the case of a Liverpool family who systematically plundered taxpayers of more than £200,000 in fake benefits claims.

Samuel Bennett and his wife Patricia, both 64, claimed disability living allowance for ten years between 2002 and 2012 on the basis they were so ill they could not walk and needed round-the-clock care. They had also claimed disability benefits for their daughter Danielle Bennett, 30, since she was a child, and when she was an adult she maintained the lies, saying she was virtually unable to walk, needed 24-hour care, had systemic sclorosis, poly arthritis, Raynaud’s disease, psoriasis, Sjorgram syndrome and depression.

Danielle, 30, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, Samuel to nine months, and Patricia to 27 months.

Samuel Bennett said he had heart problems, depression and asthma whilst his wife claimed to have arthritis, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome and a hiatus hernia. The couple said they could only walk a few yards before falling over and needed sticks and other aids to do so. But they had lied about their supposed infirmities and had in fact embarked on nine luxury holidays over the period including to Australia, on a Caribbean cruise and to America three times. Footage showed Danielle diving into swimming pools, pulling a child on a suitcase and working as a beautician.

Old claim forms were found with notes written on them such as: “Just make it worse – think how this would sound”, and “Use this one (disability), we’ve used that one before”.

Source (with video)

Whatever happened to the disabilities review?

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