Barrow benefits cheat mother faces threat of jail term
Last updated at 16:59, Wednesday, 19 February 2014
A BARROW benefits cheat who fraudulently claimed more than £25,000 because her partner had money worries could be jailed.
Mother-of-two Naomi Kirsten Warne was put under surveillance by investigators from the Department of Work and Pensions after she claimed she was a single parent.
Furness Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday that the 25-year-old was in fact living with her partner Steven Edney, who had a full-time job at BAE Systems.
The hearing heard that over a two-year period Warne fraudulently claimed £10,362.50 in income support, £13,509.90 in housing benefit and £2,050.60 in council tax totalling £25,922.99.
Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was in receipt of benefits on the basis she was a single parent with two children.
“Evidence became available that this was not the case and she was living with a partner who worked full time.
“Following surveillance of her boyfriend’s car outside the defendant’s home, he was seen to leave the property in the morning and return in the evening and was seen using a key.
“She has been fully co-operative throughout and gave all the dates herself.
“She also said that Mr Edney had financial problems.”
Warne, of Risedale Road, Barrow, pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to tell the DWP that she was living as husband and wife with Steven Edney between August 2010 and July 2013 and dishonestly failing to notify Barrow Borough Council of a change in circumstances regarding her entitlement to council tax and housing benefit between August 16 and June last year.
Mr Michael Graham, defending, said his client was extremely remorseful and was of previous good character. He said she had so far repaid £2,800.
Presiding magistrate Mr Bob Fletcher adjourned the case to allow for the preparation of an all-options pre-sentence reports, which could mean custody.
Warne will be sentenced on March 4.
First published at 16:11, Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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In a way I have a bit of sympathy for the defendant in this case.
I am not condoning what she did but we seem to have a set of double standards here which is not unusual under the present system.
lets cast our minds back to around 2009/10 when the MPs expenses claims were hitting the media & one MP namely Hazel Blears was discovered to have claimed excessive amounts for her expenses & when she was rumbled, she just simply paid it all back with a big cheque.
No going to jail! No court appearance!
No slating in the media!
Understand the class division?
Lets take another example of legalised theft & robbery:- Energy bills going through the roof & making consumers pay the price towards the boss's of the energy companies Â£100,000s' each year as a result of their massive profits.
Now the most obvious scroungers:- The royal family-how much wealth have they stolen over the years? They've never gone to jail!
Again we have the class division.
It is the ruling class that robs us all, perfectly legally & it is the working class that the law, judiciary & police crack down on-and get away with it.
They don't go to jail....
And with they way things are at present (government cutbacks) it is hardly surprising that working class will attempt fraud in order to survive......
money is everything, had she hurt someone, knifed or shot some poor sole , prison would not come into the qustion.
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