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    Georgem wrote:
    Maine Lobster wrote:
    £20 per fortnight payback for £18,000! Pathetic. 36 years plus to pay it back, you have got to be kidding. It Should be taken back at the rate it was paid to her, minimum!
    And if she doesn't have it, or it leaves her unable to live? Think these things through, for gods sake.
    So if I stole from your wallet/purse, would it then be okay if I paid back just a fraction a week?

    Do-gooders, nearly as bad as the criminals, unfortunately, neither of them are as bad as the justice system currently in place within this country."
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Landlady Sallyann Helcoop cheated more than £18,000 in benefits, court told

Sallyann Helcoop.

Sallyann Helcoop.

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

LANDLADY Sallyann Helcoop stung the taxpayer for more than £18,000 after keeping mum about her lodger, magistrates heard.

Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard how the 47- year-old decided not to let on to the benefits agency that she was renting a room for up to £120 a fortnight to a lodger while claiming income support for nine-and-a-half years.

Helcoop, of Mousehole Lane, Southampton, pleaded guilty to failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions to her change in circumstances.

But magistrates decided to take a “slightly unusual step” by handing her a conditional discharge for two years.

This came after hearing how Helcoop’s lodger had become her carer.

This followed an accident that left her with a spinal injury and now she has suspected cancer, the court heard.

Michael Carreras, defending, said on top of this she suffered from a bipolar condition which “led to her not being able to face up to issues in her life”.

He added: “What we have now is a lady who is exceptionally shame-faced. She has clearly been shaken up by all of this.”

She is now attempting to pay back £20 every fortnight out of her benefits.

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