Benefit cheat’s secret partner

Worcester News: Benefit cheat’s secret partner Benefit cheat’s secret partner

A BENEFIT cheat from Worcester stole more than £8,000 from the taxpayer after she failed to declare her partner was living with her.

Annie-May Slater, aged 23, of Glenthorne Avenue, Brickfields, Worcester, admitted failing to notify Worcester City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions of a change in her circumstances which would have meant a cut in her benefits.

Between February 6 and October 31 last year she failed to promptly notify Worcester City Council that she was living in the same household as Luke Rowberry as husband and wife, which affected her entitlement to housing and council tax benefit. Between February 2 and October 30 last year she also failed to promptly notify the Department for Work and Pensions that she was living with Mr Rowberry as husband and wife, affecting entitlement to income support. Fred Pilkington, prosecuting, said in total she defrauded the taxpayer of £8,396.19 by not declaring that she was living with Mr Rowberry.

Rebecca Connolly, defending, said the couple had been together four years and Slater had a child by a previous relationship and two children by Mr Rowberry.

She said Slater was only 19 when she met Mr Rowberry and that when they were first together he continued to live like someone of that age which meant the relationship could be “rocky”.

She said: “After the birth of his own child Mr Rowberry decided to grow up and he decided he wanted to be a family man.” He spent less time away with friends and gradually spent more with Slater. Mrs Connolly said: “She didn’t initially notice him moving in. After the birth of his child they were living together full time. Previous to that he was not staying as much. She is making voluntary repayments of £120 a month.”

Miss Connolly said the overpayments in Slater’s benefits had not been at the forefront of her mind after she had just given birth and had three children below the age of five.

District judge Nigel Cadbury said: “The general public are unhappy with the way people defraud the system. When there are limited sums everybody suffers. Everyone gets a little less because there’s less money and that’s partly due to people like you defrauding the system.”

She was given a 12-month community order and ordered to pay £85 towards costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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7:27pm Thu 5 Dec 13

grumpy woman says...

Hardly a sentence to act as a deterrent.
Hardly a sentence to act as a deterrent. grumpy woman

8:15pm Thu 5 Dec 13

truth must out says...

Mrs Connolly said: “She didn’t initially notice him moving in. What was he then??? A GHOST!! THE INVISIBLE MAN.....?? This really made me laugh!!! Cannot believe a solicitor actually put forward this defence.
Mrs Connolly said: “She didn’t initially notice him moving in. What was he then??? A GHOST!! THE INVISIBLE MAN.....?? This really made me laugh!!! Cannot believe a solicitor actually put forward this defence. truth must out

8:45pm Thu 5 Dec 13

snowdrop_40 jones says...

do you know the full history on this no you read what this crap paper has put !! so how you comment to yourself ....
do you know the full history on this no you read what this crap paper has put !! so how you comment to yourself .... snowdrop_40 jones

10:54pm Thu 5 Dec 13

CJH says...

snowdrop_40 jones wrote:
do you know the full history on this no you read what this crap paper has put !! so how you comment to yourself ....
No, we're reading what was said in court. Are you saying that quotes from the defendent, prosecution and defence lawyers and the judge have all been made up? Is that slander or libel, I never can remember...
[quote][p][bold]snowdrop_40 jones[/bold] wrote: do you know the full history on this no you read what this crap paper has put !! so how you comment to yourself ....[/p][/quote]No, we're reading what was said in court. Are you saying that quotes from the defendent, prosecution and defence lawyers and the judge have all been made up? Is that slander or libel, I never can remember... CJH

7:04am Fri 6 Dec 13

green49 says...

She got caught and punished by the law, NOW how about the big boys who pay no tax, the money they defraud the country of is millions so why are they not being persued with just as much vigour?
She got caught and punished by the law, NOW how about the big boys who pay no tax, the money they defraud the country of is millions so why are they not being persued with just as much vigour? green49

7:32am Fri 6 Dec 13

snowdrop_40 jones says...

no .. shes done wrong .. and shes paying it back ....
no .. shes done wrong .. and shes paying it back .... snowdrop_40 jones

2:26pm Fri 6 Dec 13

nicki1967 says...

Yes, dear snowdrop, she's paying it back but only because she got caught. Are you saying that, had she not been caught, she would have eventually held up her hands and offered to pay back the money? I doubt very much that she would. At the end of the day she is a criminal.
Yes, dear snowdrop, she's paying it back but only because she got caught. Are you saying that, had she not been caught, she would have eventually held up her hands and offered to pay back the money? I doubt very much that she would. At the end of the day she is a criminal. nicki1967

5:37pm Sat 7 Dec 13

snowdrop_40 jones says...

think you will find she canceled her benfits her self .. and said her partner had moved in .. just cause she never done it straight away !! cause she never knew how is was going work out .. and never told them as once you stop your benfits is takes up to 8 weeks to sort a claim out .. !!
think you will find she canceled her benfits her self .. and said her partner had moved in .. just cause she never done it straight away !! cause she never knew how is was going work out .. and never told them as once you stop your benfits is takes up to 8 weeks to sort a claim out .. !! snowdrop_40 jones

5:52pm Sat 7 Dec 13

jabroner says...

snowdrop_40 jones wrote:
think you will find she canceled her benfits her self .. and said her partner had moved in .. just cause she never done it straight away !! cause she never knew how is was going work out .. and never told them as once you stop your benfits is takes up to 8 weeks to sort a claim out .. !!
Get a temporary evening job in that time to get by then...
[quote][p][bold]snowdrop_40 jones[/bold] wrote: think you will find she canceled her benfits her self .. and said her partner had moved in .. just cause she never done it straight away !! cause she never knew how is was going work out .. and never told them as once you stop your benfits is takes up to 8 weeks to sort a claim out .. !![/p][/quote]Get a temporary evening job in that time to get by then... jabroner

6:21pm Sat 7 Dec 13

nicki1967 says...

snowdrop_40 jones wrote:
think you will find she canceled her benfits her self .. and said her partner had moved in .. just cause she never done it straight away !! cause she never knew how is was going work out .. and never told them as once you stop your benfits is takes up to 8 weeks to sort a claim out .. !!
Oh well, that's ok then. :O Let's not be angry when people steal over £8000 of our tax just in case a relationship doesn't work out. Of course, you'll notice that your take on events contradicts your friends won't you. I suppose you'll be saying next that she didn't really have TWO children by him. As I said, she is a criminal. She also got away very lightly.
[quote][p][bold]snowdrop_40 jones[/bold] wrote: think you will find she canceled her benfits her self .. and said her partner had moved in .. just cause she never done it straight away !! cause she never knew how is was going work out .. and never told them as once you stop your benfits is takes up to 8 weeks to sort a claim out .. !![/p][/quote]Oh well, that's ok then. :O Let's not be angry when people steal over £8000 of our tax just in case a relationship doesn't work out. Of course, you'll notice that your take on events contradicts your friends won't you. I suppose you'll be saying next that she didn't really have TWO children by him. As I said, she is a criminal. She also got away very lightly. nicki1967
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