18 Feb 2015

Trivial punishment for benefit thief

Joanna Hill, from Aston Clinton, failed to declare £70,000 in savings when she made her benefit claims, above the threshold of £16,000, which legally barred her from claiming benefits.

Over a five-year period she received illegal overpayments of almost £22,000. (h/t Dave)

Aylesbury Magistrates Court ordered her to repay the total of £21,981 she had falsely claimed and sentenced her to 140 hours unpaid work and £1,200 towards costs.

  • These 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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