Winchester benefit cheat snaffled nearly £50,000

Suzanna Mills: leaving court

Suzanna Mills: leaving court

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A RECONCILIATION with her husband turned Suzanna Mills into a benefits cheat.

She defrauded the system of nearly £50,000 when she failed to tell the authorities that she was no longer single.

Mills, 45, carer, of Fleming Road, Weeke, Winchester, had separated from husband John in 1997, the court heard, and she initially legally claimed housing benefit, income support and council tax benefit.

But he moved back in 2010 but Mills did not tell anyone. So for two years and eight months she illegally claimed £49,578.62, Winchester Crown Court heard.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of dishonestly failing to disclose a change in circumstances between March 19 2010 and November 7 2012.

Mills told investigators that her husband was only using her home as a ‘c/o’ address. When surveillance photographs showed his parked car outside she claimed he sometimes slept in the vehicle.

Nick Robinson, mitigating, said Mills was previously of good character. She has children including one six-year-old with special needs, he added.

Since her dishonesty was discovered she has been paying back £300 a month which means she has around 12 years to go before she clears the total.

Sentencing, the judge, Mr Recorder Simon Foster, said: “It is a serious matter but to your credit this took place by your doing nothing rather than doing something, although you allowed this state of affairs to go on from March 2010 to November 2012.”

The judge imposed a 12-month community order with 200 hours unpaid work. There was no order for costs.

Outside court Mills told the Hampshire Chronicle: “I’m very sorry for it, but I don’t want to talk about it.”

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2:56pm Tue 11 Feb 14

campfreddie says...

£50,000 in 2 years and 8 months. That's nearly £1700 a month. Really, what is the point of working? We'd all be better off on benefits. Where do I sign up?
£50,000 in 2 years and 8 months. That's nearly £1700 a month. Really, what is the point of working? We'd all be better off on benefits. Where do I sign up? campfreddie
  • Score: 7

8:53am Fri 14 Feb 14

winchres says...

campfreddie wrote:
£50,000 in 2 years and 8 months. That's nearly £1700 a month. Really, what is the point of working? We'd all be better off on benefits. Where do I sign up?
If you have ever done anything to help support yourself during your life they wont let you sign up, you just have to keep paying for the likes of people like Mills. The other problem is that they can't afford to support themselves so they produce sprogs who end up like their parents. I wonder how long it will be before she kicks the husband out and starts claiming again and has her
debt to society written off.
[quote][p][bold]campfreddie[/bold] wrote: £50,000 in 2 years and 8 months. That's nearly £1700 a month. Really, what is the point of working? We'd all be better off on benefits. Where do I sign up?[/p][/quote]If you have ever done anything to help support yourself during your life they wont let you sign up, you just have to keep paying for the likes of people like Mills. The other problem is that they can't afford to support themselves so they produce sprogs who end up like their parents. I wonder how long it will be before she kicks the husband out and starts claiming again and has her debt to society written off. winchres
  • Score: 3

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