Frankie Luders, 60, from Halifax, has been jailed for 27 weeks, which at more than six months, is three weeks for each of the nine offences. (h/t Dave)
He was previously convicted in 2013 of ten counts of benefit fraud and was still subject to the terms of the community order placed on him at that time when he committed his latest crimes, which included making multiple false statements, failing to declare changes of circumstances and giving a false document.
Luders dishonestly obtained more than £1600 of housing benefit by making claims at two addresses in Filey, which he did not live in, one after the other, and by counterfeiting a property owner’s signature. He also made claims for jobseeker’s allowance and employment and support allowance to DWP while working. The total value of benefits Luders took from the public purse was in excess of £6,000.
Meanwhile, Greta Ure, from Rickmansworth, pleaded guilty to three charges of benefit fraud after claiming £92,427. She was sentenced to eight months custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months concurrent on each offence, and ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work. (also h/t Dave)