Hedge End mum fraudulently claimed income support for two-and-a-half years

Suspended sentence for £23,500 benefits cheat

Suspended sentence for £23,500 benefits cheat

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A Mother-of-three has been spared an immediate prison sentence after she admitted cheating the taxpayer of more than £23,500 in illegal benefits.

Catherine Northey claimed the cash in housing benefit, income support and council tax benefit for almost two-and-a-half years until last July without disclosing that her partner had been living with her.

Prosecutor Gemma White said Northey told investigators that she had not understood what living together meant. Her relationship with her partner had at times been rocky, she was sorry and wanted to put the situation right, she said.

Northey, 29, of Wilkins Road, Hedge End, admitted three charges of failing to notify authorities of a change of circumstances. Jane Hemmings, mitigating, said Northey had been legitimately claiming benefits for five years but then her partner began living with her at weekends.

Judge Peter Ralls QC gave her a 20-week suspended sentence, 12 months’ supervision and an order to pay an £80 surcharge after he heard she was already paying back the cash under an agreed schedule.

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10:51am Tue 25 Mar 14

massimoosti says...

£11,750.00 P/A tax free income.

I will pay it back but I'm a long time claimant on benefits so can only afford £1.50 per week.

Who's the mug.........me and all others who graft or the Judge ? Its certainly not her.

29........on benefits for 5 years and 3 x kids (CSA income as well or do the Dad / Dads not pay if also on benefits).

Bet she can afford a mobile and sky each month.

Judgmental or just nail on the feckin head.
£11,750.00 P/A tax free income. I will pay it back but I'm a long time claimant on benefits so can only afford £1.50 per week. Who's the mug.........me and all others who graft or the Judge ? Its certainly not her. 29........on benefits for 5 years and 3 x kids (CSA income as well or do the Dad / Dads not pay if also on benefits). Bet she can afford a mobile and sky each month. Judgmental or just nail on the feckin head. massimoosti
  • Score: 11

10:59am Tue 25 Mar 14

townieboy says...

Every day occurance. Whats new about these storirs ? The real news would be she was put away for 5 years and the kids fostered away, this would send out a message to other cheats.
Every day occurance. Whats new about these storirs ? The real news would be she was put away for 5 years and the kids fostered away, this would send out a message to other cheats. townieboy
  • Score: 7

12:23pm Tue 25 Mar 14

cliffwalker says...

The real story would be about the tax fraudster who had been caught and brought to court.
Dog bites man - not news. Man bites dog - that's news.
The real story would be about the tax fraudster who had been caught and brought to court. Dog bites man - not news. Man bites dog - that's news. cliffwalker
  • Score: -2

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