Dishonest Angel Jackson, 52, was labelled a “vain and self-important” crook with a “staggering contempt for the court” when she was locked up for seven years this week. (h/t Dave)
The professional fraudster, from Mitcham, south London, established a complex of web of lies to claim housing benefit, income support and compensation over 10 years between 2002 and 2012.
The scheming Ghanian bought two swanky flats complete with their own gym in Croydon, south London, each for £300,000 and fraudulently claimed housing benefit for each of them.
She was finally jailed for seven years at Croydon Crown Court after a jury found her guilty of some 32 charges relating to her twisted fraud campaign.
Judge Adam Hiddleston said: “You are a thoroughly dishonest person. You are a professional fraudster. It’s your life’s work. You have taken and taken and it would appear, you have never given anything back. How many school places or hospital beds could have been provided by the local authorities with the money you took? You created numerous personalities, changed your name, created false documentation, you have even deceived your own ex-husband, taking everything he had, including dignity.”
Jackson was so deceitful the prosecution admitted not knowing her real name for years.
Francesca Levett, prosecuting, told the jury greedy Jackson tried to wring every penny in compensation for two car accidents using invented passengers. She was only caught when doctors spotted two separate X-rays on two separate claims were almost identical.
The crook lied to local authorities and the Department of Work and Pensions for a decade to defraud a staggering £191,414.
Ms Levett added: “Far from being an honest claimant, who turned to the authorities because she was genuinely in need, she manipulated the system, told countless lies, hijacked identities and defrauded her way into becoming an affluent property owner without ever working a single day.”
When Jackson’s home was raided in September 2012, officers found £22,000 in £50 notes hidden in a wardrobe, reams of counterfeit paperwork and 12 mobile phones.
Jurors heard the 52-year-old liar lured her soon-to-be hubby Irish-born Thomas Duffy by telling him she was a “lady of traditional values”. They bought a house in August 2002 but Jackson went behind his back to obtain his UK residency to support her own. In July 2005, lowlife Jackson bought another house — a £150,000 flat in south London — in her husband’s name, without him knowing. She splurged another £152,000 on another flat in the same building just two months later. The court was told Jackson continued to lie to Mr Duffy, leaving him “confused, depressed and fragile” over a number of years.
The selfish fraudster rented out one of her flats to a couple in 2011 for £880-a-month but also claimed £600-a-month in housing benefits on the property, unbeknown to the tenants.
Jackson denied 32 fraud offences.
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