£30,000 benefits cheat escapes jail

Daily Echo: Benefits cheat escapes prison Benefits cheat escapes prison

A BENEFITS cheat who claimed more than £30,000 by pretending his partner wasn’t living with him has escaped a jail term.

Stephen Chalk lied about the woman moving in six years ago so he wouldn’t lose his income support.

Southampton Crown Court sitting in Winchester was told how Chalk had rung the Department for Work and Pensions in February 2005 to inform them that his partner was moving into his home in The Drive, Totton.

But after being told his income support would be stopped, the following month he called them back, told them she hadn’t moved in and had left him, and his money was reinstated.

The court heard that until he was found out, Chalk received an overpayment of £32,436.26 which included housing and council tax benefit.

The court was told Chalk pleaded guilty to benefit fraud.

In his defence the court was told 63-year-old Chalk, was suffering poor health and suicidal thoughts.

The court also heard the woman “was not and had never been a lover, but a companion, carer and friend” who was not living with him fulltime.

Handing him a 12-month prison term suspended for 18 months, Judge Guy Boney told Chalk he deserved to go to prison immediately but it was being suspended because he was now paying the money back, albeit over a long period of time.

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8:15am Thu 14 Feb 13

Queen Victoria says...

newest job on offer "Benefit cheat,very well paid by the tax payer,perks of the job easy life no hard work no going to jobcentre to sign on,all idle cheats only need apply"
newest job on offer "Benefit cheat,very well paid by the tax payer,perks of the job easy life no hard work no going to jobcentre to sign on,all idle cheats only need apply" Queen Victoria
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9:00am Thu 14 Feb 13

sotonboy84 says...

What a load of old c**p.

So what if he was suffering from poor health and suicidal thoughts. In what way is that linked to him to inform the benefits department that his partner is moving in and when he learns his benefits will be rudcued he calls back and lies and say she isn't?

Benefit scum.
What a load of old c**p. So what if he was suffering from poor health and suicidal thoughts. In what way is that linked to him to inform the benefits department that his partner is moving in and when he learns his benefits will be rudcued he calls back and lies and say she isn't? Benefit scum. sotonboy84
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10:00am Thu 14 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

these **** romanians comign over here stealing our benefit money...
these **** romanians comign over here stealing our benefit money... Subject48
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10:02am Thu 14 Feb 13

THEKILLER says...

Roll Up, Roll Up, free money all risk free, just say your a mum, ill, old, not very bright or any other feeble excuse and if your ever caught you can pay it back at £1 a week for 150 years
Roll Up, Roll Up, free money all risk free, just say your a mum, ill, old, not very bright or any other feeble excuse and if your ever caught you can pay it back at £1 a week for 150 years THEKILLER
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10:02am Thu 14 Feb 13

Plum Pudding says...

£32,436 is an awful lot of money, even over 6 years it works out at £5,400 a year. That is more than my daughter earns as an apprentice...

His actions were undoubtedly criminal, borne of a combination of perhaps greed and high overheads etc.

And whilst those actions are criminal, I also believe that the amount of money sloshing around in the system that is claimed as "benefit" is equally criminal, especially that, as a tax payers, it has come from our collective pockets. And even more so, that £32,400 can be paid out over a period of 6 years without any meaningful checks that would have revealed this fraud. Infrequently see the proud boasts of different public bodies that they have brought fraudsters to court for having claimed often eye-watering amounts over long periods. I see no reason for those boasts, I would rather see what should have been humble and frank admissions of their failure to carry out proper checks and what surely amounts to carelessness and profligacy with taxpayers hard-earned cash!
£32,436 is an awful lot of money, even over 6 years it works out at £5,400 a year. That is more than my daughter earns as an apprentice... His actions were undoubtedly criminal, borne of a combination of perhaps greed and high overheads etc. And whilst those actions are criminal, I also believe that the amount of money sloshing around in the system that is claimed as "benefit" is equally criminal, especially that, as a tax payers, it has come from our collective pockets. And even more so, that £32,400 can be paid out over a period of 6 years without any meaningful checks that would have revealed this fraud. Infrequently see the proud boasts of different public bodies that they have brought fraudsters to court for having claimed often eye-watering amounts over long periods. I see no reason for those boasts, I would rather see what should have been humble and frank admissions of their failure to carry out proper checks and what surely amounts to carelessness and profligacy with taxpayers hard-earned cash! Plum Pudding
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10:05am Thu 14 Feb 13

sotonboy84 says...

Plum Pudding wrote:
£32,436 is an awful lot of money, even over 6 years it works out at £5,400 a year. That is more than my daughter earns as an apprentice... His actions were undoubtedly criminal, borne of a combination of perhaps greed and high overheads etc. And whilst those actions are criminal, I also believe that the amount of money sloshing around in the system that is claimed as "benefit" is equally criminal, especially that, as a tax payers, it has come from our collective pockets. And even more so, that £32,400 can be paid out over a period of 6 years without any meaningful checks that would have revealed this fraud. Infrequently see the proud boasts of different public bodies that they have brought fraudsters to court for having claimed often eye-watering amounts over long periods. I see no reason for those boasts, I would rather see what should have been humble and frank admissions of their failure to carry out proper checks and what surely amounts to carelessness and profligacy with taxpayers hard-earned cash!
Couldn't agree more.
[quote][p][bold]Plum Pudding[/bold] wrote: £32,436 is an awful lot of money, even over 6 years it works out at £5,400 a year. That is more than my daughter earns as an apprentice... His actions were undoubtedly criminal, borne of a combination of perhaps greed and high overheads etc. And whilst those actions are criminal, I also believe that the amount of money sloshing around in the system that is claimed as "benefit" is equally criminal, especially that, as a tax payers, it has come from our collective pockets. And even more so, that £32,400 can be paid out over a period of 6 years without any meaningful checks that would have revealed this fraud. Infrequently see the proud boasts of different public bodies that they have brought fraudsters to court for having claimed often eye-watering amounts over long periods. I see no reason for those boasts, I would rather see what should have been humble and frank admissions of their failure to carry out proper checks and what surely amounts to carelessness and profligacy with taxpayers hard-earned cash![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. sotonboy84
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10:14am Thu 14 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

havent you heard UKIP, its the romanians fault!!
havent you heard UKIP, its the romanians fault!! Subject48
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10:24am Thu 14 Feb 13

sotonboy84 says...

Subject48 wrote:
havent you heard UKIP, its the romanians fault!!
And you can probably pass some of the blame to the balcks, gays, Jews and disabled!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: havent you heard UKIP, its the romanians fault!![/p][/quote]And you can probably pass some of the blame to the balcks, gays, Jews and disabled!!!!! sotonboy84
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11:12am Thu 14 Feb 13

DJ Teh says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
Subject48 wrote:
havent you heard UKIP, its the romanians fault!!
And you can probably pass some of the blame to the balcks, gays, Jews and disabled!!!!!
No thats the BNP you numpty
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: havent you heard UKIP, its the romanians fault!![/p][/quote]And you can probably pass some of the blame to the balcks, gays, Jews and disabled!!!!![/p][/quote]No thats the BNP you numpty DJ Teh
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11:17am Thu 14 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

How dare these foreigners come over to our country and take away benefits from such outstanding British citizens like Mr. Chalk. How very dare they...
How dare these foreigners come over to our country and take away benefits from such outstanding British citizens like Mr. Chalk. How very dare they... Subject48
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11:26am Thu 14 Feb 13

aldermoorboy says...

If you work or want to work vote Tory, if you want the tax payer to keep you vote Labour.
If you work or want to work vote Tory, if you want the tax payer to keep you vote Labour. aldermoorboy
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11:29am Thu 14 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

and if there isint enough work to go around you can die in a slum. vote tory.
and if there isint enough work to go around you can die in a slum. vote tory. Subject48
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12:44pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Pandoragolden1 says...

Subject48 wrote:
and if there isint enough work to go around you can die in a slum. vote tory.
couldnt agree more and yes I do work full time and did so even when my children were very young and I was a single parent I havent ever been much better off then on benefits
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: and if there isint enough work to go around you can die in a slum. vote tory.[/p][/quote]couldnt agree more and yes I do work full time and did so even when my children were very young and I was a single parent I havent ever been much better off then on benefits Pandoragolden1
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1:48pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Tenderhearts wife says...

Parasite
a person who receives support, advantage, or the like, from another or others without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others.
Why did it take the benefits agency 6 years to catch him out? My Dad is 74 and still works part time, because of this he cannot get any help at all with his housing costs or council tax etc, in fact they awarded him £11.00,Yes £11.00 a week and then 2 weeks later took it back off of him. he has worked paying taxes into this country since the age of 15yrs old and there are lazy,sponging,lying scumbags like this who have an interest free loan for the rest of his bone idle life. make him work in the comunity sweeping streets,cleaning public toilets etc to pay back the society that he has robbed!
Parasite a person who receives support, advantage, or the like, from another or others without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others. Why did it take the benefits agency 6 years to catch him out? My Dad is 74 and still works part time, because of this he cannot get any help at all with his housing costs or council tax etc, in fact they awarded him £11.00,Yes £11.00 a week and then 2 weeks later took it back off of him. he has worked paying taxes into this country since the age of 15yrs old and there are lazy,sponging,lying scumbags like this who have an interest free loan for the rest of his bone idle life. make him work in the comunity sweeping streets,cleaning public toilets etc to pay back the society that he has robbed! Tenderhearts wife
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3:20pm Thu 14 Feb 13

mark.baker says...

I was on Job seekers but start a part time job Saturday. The job pays £74 a week, Job seekers pays £71 a week. I am only £3 better off, but it gives me a reason to get up in the morning and am hoping it will help me get something full time so i can pay my rent and council tax. It is people like this that give the unemployed a bad name :(
I was on Job seekers but start a part time job Saturday. The job pays £74 a week, Job seekers pays £71 a week. I am only £3 better off, but it gives me a reason to get up in the morning and am hoping it will help me get something full time so i can pay my rent and council tax. It is people like this that give the unemployed a bad name :( mark.baker
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3:44pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Eric_Cartman says...

I hate this country sometimes
I hate this country sometimes Eric_Cartman
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3:45pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Outside of the Box says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
If you work or want to work vote Tory, if you want the tax payer to keep you vote Labour.
Would that be work in places like DWP who has seen staff slashed by this Tory government attack on the civil service, benefit cheats will always be there, however with less staff to check (even if 6 years unchecked is far too long) claimants information, cases like Mr Thieving Chalk will only increase.
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: If you work or want to work vote Tory, if you want the tax payer to keep you vote Labour.[/p][/quote]Would that be work in places like DWP who has seen staff slashed by this Tory government attack on the civil service, benefit cheats will always be there, however with less staff to check (even if 6 years unchecked is far too long) claimants information, cases like Mr Thieving Chalk will only increase. Outside of the Box
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6:04pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Tenderhearts wife says...

mark.baker wrote:
I was on Job seekers but start a part time job Saturday. The job pays £74 a week, Job seekers pays £71 a week. I am only £3 better off, but it gives me a reason to get up in the morning and am hoping it will help me get something full time so i can pay my rent and council tax. It is people like this that give the unemployed a bad name :(
I salute you Mark! thats the spirit, been there and done it myself, its all about pride and self worth. Good luck with the work and may more come your way.
[quote][p][bold]mark.baker[/bold] wrote: I was on Job seekers but start a part time job Saturday. The job pays £74 a week, Job seekers pays £71 a week. I am only £3 better off, but it gives me a reason to get up in the morning and am hoping it will help me get something full time so i can pay my rent and council tax. It is people like this that give the unemployed a bad name :([/p][/quote]I salute you Mark! thats the spirit, been there and done it myself, its all about pride and self worth. Good luck with the work and may more come your way. Tenderhearts wife
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9:21pm Thu 14 Feb 13

thinklikealocal says...

Tenderhearts wife wrote:
mark.baker wrote: I was on Job seekers but start a part time job Saturday. The job pays £74 a week, Job seekers pays £71 a week. I am only £3 better off, but it gives me a reason to get up in the morning and am hoping it will help me get something full time so i can pay my rent and council tax. It is people like this that give the unemployed a bad name :(
I salute you Mark! thats the spirit, been there and done it myself, its all about pride and self worth. Good luck with the work and may more come your way.
Here, here, I hope this is the start of better things for you.
[quote][p][bold]Tenderhearts wife[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark.baker[/bold] wrote: I was on Job seekers but start a part time job Saturday. The job pays £74 a week, Job seekers pays £71 a week. I am only £3 better off, but it gives me a reason to get up in the morning and am hoping it will help me get something full time so i can pay my rent and council tax. It is people like this that give the unemployed a bad name :([/p][/quote]I salute you Mark! thats the spirit, been there and done it myself, its all about pride and self worth. Good luck with the work and may more come your way.[/p][/quote]Here, here, I hope this is the start of better things for you. thinklikealocal
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12:03am Fri 15 Feb 13

mark.baker says...

thinklikealocal wrote:
Tenderhearts wife wrote:
mark.baker wrote: I was on Job seekers but start a part time job Saturday. The job pays £74 a week, Job seekers pays £71 a week. I am only £3 better off, but it gives me a reason to get up in the morning and am hoping it will help me get something full time so i can pay my rent and council tax. It is people like this that give the unemployed a bad name :(
I salute you Mark! thats the spirit, been there and done it myself, its all about pride and self worth. Good luck with the work and may more come your way.
Here, here, I hope this is the start of better things for you.
Thanks :)
[quote][p][bold]thinklikealocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tenderhearts wife[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark.baker[/bold] wrote: I was on Job seekers but start a part time job Saturday. The job pays £74 a week, Job seekers pays £71 a week. I am only £3 better off, but it gives me a reason to get up in the morning and am hoping it will help me get something full time so i can pay my rent and council tax. It is people like this that give the unemployed a bad name :([/p][/quote]I salute you Mark! thats the spirit, been there and done it myself, its all about pride and self worth. Good luck with the work and may more come your way.[/p][/quote]Here, here, I hope this is the start of better things for you.[/p][/quote]Thanks :) mark.baker
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8:03pm Fri 15 Feb 13

j.brooks14 says...

Its amazing how many people who do this . I no atleast 5 couples .... also I no 3 who have been reported and NOTHING WAS DONE apart from a meeting . They still do it . Luckily ive never been tempted as I like to no my money is mine and cant be taken from me. But what a nice life to be able to afford loads for nothing
Its amazing how many people who do this . I no atleast 5 couples .... also I no 3 who have been reported and NOTHING WAS DONE apart from a meeting . They still do it . Luckily ive never been tempted as I like to no my money is mine and cant be taken from me. But what a nice life to be able to afford loads for nothing j.brooks14
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11:50pm Fri 15 Feb 13

jjayjay says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
If you work or want to work vote Tory, if you want the tax payer to keep you vote Labour.
what if your disabled that dont give to **** about them
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: If you work or want to work vote Tory, if you want the tax payer to keep you vote Labour.[/p][/quote]what if your disabled that dont give to **** about them jjayjay
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10:53pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Rob Apostrophe says...

Scum. Gas them all.
Scum. Gas them all. Rob Apostrophe
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