Southminster mum jailed after £100k benefit fraud

Elaine Kingstone appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday

Elaine Kingstone appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday

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A Southminster mum who didn’t declare she had remarried after the death of her husband has been jailed for four months for stealing more than £100,000 in benefits.

Elaine Kingstone, of Lavender Drive, claimed £33,787 in Widowed Parents Allowance from November 2005 and July 2012.

She also claimed tax credits of £68,877 from April 2008 and April 2013, stating that she was a lone parents.

But she failed to advise that she had remarried in May 2006 and was no longer entitled to claim benefits.

The 51-year-old admitted the charges under the Tax Credits Act 2002 and the Fraud Act 2006 when she appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday.

See this week's Standard for the full story.

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9:10am Fri 2 May 14

creditcrunch2010 says...

What about paying back the money????
What about paying back the money???? creditcrunch2010
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12:21pm Fri 2 May 14

e5mitch says...

£100,000!!
So she'll do about 2 months, that's the equivalent to being paid £66 for every hour she's banged up......not bad work if you can get it!!
£100,000!! So she'll do about 2 months, that's the equivalent to being paid £66 for every hour she's banged up......not bad work if you can get it!! e5mitch
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7:23am Thu 8 May 14

Latchingdon says...

Benefit fraud makes me sick! lock her up and throw away the key.... they should sell her home to get the money back and ban her from claiming ANY benefit for life inc NHS medical care! ............scum!
Benefit fraud makes me sick! lock her up and throw away the key.... they should sell her home to get the money back and ban her from claiming ANY benefit for life inc NHS medical care! ............scum! Latchingdon
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