Mum-of-four fraudulently claimed £10,000 in benefits

Mum's £10,000 benefit fraud

Mum's £10,000 benefit fraud

First published in Southampton Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

A MUM-of-four claimed nearly £10,000 in benefits she was not eligible for because she was living with her working husband, a court heard.

Zara Chudley conned the taxpayer out of the cash she shouldn’t have been given by not telling the authorities her partner had moved into her Southampton home.

The 34-year-old had begun legitimately claiming income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit in 2008.

She was caught out after investigators put her Pat Bear Close home under surveillance for two months last summer, and spotted her windscreen fitter husband repeatedly parking his personal and business vehicles at the property in the evenings and overnight, and leaving for work in the morning.

Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard officials also obtained copies of a loan agreement and TV licence in his name, both containing his wife’s address, as well as a joint bank account also registered to the home.

When interviewed in September last year, Chudley admitted her husband had been living with her for 12 months.

She told investigators she hadn’t stopped claiming the benefits because she was worried about the impact the loss of income would have on her children, aged between four and 10.

JPs were told Chudley, who was said to have suffered “much stress and sleepless nights” over the criminal proceedings against her, has now begun to repay the cash she fraudulently claimed.

After admitting three charges of fraudulently obtaining benefits, she was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

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10:15am Wed 22 Feb 12

loosehead says...

She had a husband were the children his?
Why did she think it was right for the tax payer to pay for them?
What was he doing?
was she racking it in from him & the tax payer?
please don't tell me it doesn't happen that one will claim the other's not living there but is & they either both claim dole money as single people or one does & the other chips in a few quid but they end up going out & having a good life.
these people know exactly what they're doing so this is no less than theft by the two of them & both should be punished.
the children are no excuse as she knew what she was doing so did her husband
She had a husband were the children his? Why did she think it was right for the tax payer to pay for them? What was he doing? was she racking it in from him & the tax payer? please don't tell me it doesn't happen that one will claim the other's not living there but is & they either both claim dole money as single people or one does & the other chips in a few quid but they end up going out & having a good life. these people know exactly what they're doing so this is no less than theft by the two of them & both should be punished. the children are no excuse as she knew what she was doing so did her husband loosehead
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12:22pm Wed 22 Feb 12

sarfhamton says...

Not as bad as the fiddles of the bankers, the Mps and big business though is it?
Not as bad as the fiddles of the bankers, the Mps and big business though is it? sarfhamton
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12:36pm Wed 22 Feb 12

rich the stitch says...

That works out at £100 per hour. Surely these people should be paying back what they owe on a minimum wage?
That works out at £100 per hour. Surely these people should be paying back what they owe on a minimum wage? rich the stitch
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12:59pm Wed 22 Feb 12

southy says...

Chasing after the peanut money that cost more to claim back.
How about putting back the Finance restrictions and putting an end to this Tax avoidence loop hole that cost us £180 billion in lost tax revenue for the Tax year 2010 -2011, this tax loop was created in the 80's and every year this tax avoidence as be going up, the estimate in total since this tax loop hole was created is around the £1 trillion in tax avoidence
Chasing after the peanut money that cost more to claim back. How about putting back the Finance restrictions and putting an end to this Tax avoidence loop hole that cost us £180 billion in lost tax revenue for the Tax year 2010 -2011, this tax loop was created in the 80's and every year this tax avoidence as be going up, the estimate in total since this tax loop hole was created is around the £1 trillion in tax avoidence southy
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4:05pm Wed 22 Feb 12

loosehead says...

southy wrote:
Chasing after the peanut money that cost more to claim back.
How about putting back the Finance restrictions and putting an end to this Tax avoidence loop hole that cost us £180 billion in lost tax revenue for the Tax year 2010 -2011, this tax loop was created in the 80's and every year this tax avoidence as be going up, the estimate in total since this tax loop hole was created is around the £1 trillion in tax avoidence
Why don't we stick to the article about people stealing from us the tax payer?
this article is about a husband & wife blatantly stealing from us not tax loopholes so Southy why not stick to the subject?
it's through people like this that welfare is a huge drain on the finances of this country stop the tea leaves & we would all be better off.
there are other things this country can do but this is one we have to sort out,
not only should this woman be punished but so should her husband as your not telling me he didn't know what she was doing?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Chasing after the peanut money that cost more to claim back. How about putting back the Finance restrictions and putting an end to this Tax avoidence loop hole that cost us £180 billion in lost tax revenue for the Tax year 2010 -2011, this tax loop was created in the 80's and every year this tax avoidence as be going up, the estimate in total since this tax loop hole was created is around the £1 trillion in tax avoidence[/p][/quote]Why don't we stick to the article about people stealing from us the tax payer? this article is about a husband & wife blatantly stealing from us not tax loopholes so Southy why not stick to the subject? it's through people like this that welfare is a huge drain on the finances of this country stop the tea leaves & we would all be better off. there are other things this country can do but this is one we have to sort out, not only should this woman be punished but so should her husband as your not telling me he didn't know what she was doing? loosehead
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5:19pm Wed 22 Feb 12

ohec says...

People keep on about M.Ps and the banks but theft is theft no matter how much is involved, also multiply a few thousand here and a few thousand there and the amount of people at it. why should scum like her live of the back of hard working people.
People keep on about M.Ps and the banks but theft is theft no matter how much is involved, also multiply a few thousand here and a few thousand there and the amount of people at it. why should scum like her live of the back of hard working people. ohec
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