Benefit cheat jailed after claiming more than £100,000

St Helens Star: Benefit cheat jailed after claiming more than £100,000 Benefit cheat jailed after claiming more than £100,000

A BENEFIT cheat wept as she was jailed for benefit fraud after she swindled £133,000 over a decade.

Marie Lyon illegally pocketed three state benefits by not revealing that her partner, who is a supermarket worker, was living with her.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that she had been receiving £433 income support a fortnight and her “healthy” bank account was never overdrawn.

Her “comfortable lifestyle” meant she was able to withdraw £50 on an almost daily basis.

Jailing the 50-year-old blonde for eight months the judge Recorder Suzanne Goddard QC told her: “You knew perfectly well you should have disclosed the fact that you were living together and you would have been reminded numerous times.

“I am satisfied you were not motivated by any great need on your behalf. This is a serious matter and only an immediate prison sentence can be justified.”

She told Lyon, a mother of one, that she took into account her difficult start in life, her medical problems and the letter she had written to her about her 11-year-old daughter.

But she told Lyon her predicament was “of your own making. This was a quite deliberate fraud.”

On hearing the sentence Lyon, from Hard Lane looked bewildered and said: “I’m not going to prison?” but was told by the judge that she was and was led away to the cells crying.

Lyon had pleaded guilty to three offences of failing to notify a change in circumstances involving income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit.

David Potter prosecuting said that Lyon, who has no previous convictions had begun claiming benefits legitimately in 1999 but three years later her partner moved in and she did not tell the authorities.

He explained: “This social security benefit fraud continued over the course of a decade during which she dishonestly claimed benefits totalling £133,000."

He said that she would have been entitled to £23,000 tax credits but that still meant she had received almost £110,000 she was not entitled to receive.

"It is clear she lived comfortably within her means as a result of her offending," said Mr Potter, who pointed out bank statements revealed her account always had between £500 and £1200 in it.

Steven Swift defending said she has physical and mental health difficulties and was in a state of "extreme distress. She feels her life is in turmoil and fears for her daughter who is about to start high school."

He added that she has been repaying the money at £260 per month.

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3:43pm Fri 27 Jun 14

frankly says...

slow reaction from authorities.. over a decade
slow reaction from authorities.. over a decade frankly
  • Score: 6

3:48pm Fri 27 Jun 14

MrBenggo says...

£133,000 swindled and just eight months jail,she's done very well out of it.
Not much of a deterrent is it.
£133,000 swindled and just eight months jail,she's done very well out of it. Not much of a deterrent is it. MrBenggo
  • Score: 8

3:10pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Hughwithaview says...

It just shows how casual the system is when she got away with this fraud for 10 years. Similar was the case on the news the other week where a woman had been claiming benefits for six children she did not even have.

Before this government starts to penalise the genuinely sick and disabled of this country to reduce the welfare bill, it should concentrate on tightening up the systems to reduce the incidents of fraud. Tha amount of money lost through this must be staggering.

Consequences which would serve as a proper deterrant would be a start.
It just shows how casual the system is when she got away with this fraud for 10 years. Similar was the case on the news the other week where a woman had been claiming benefits for six children she did not even have. Before this government starts to penalise the genuinely sick and disabled of this country to reduce the welfare bill, it should concentrate on tightening up the systems to reduce the incidents of fraud. Tha amount of money lost through this must be staggering. Consequences which would serve as a proper deterrant would be a start. Hughwithaview
  • Score: 7

11:54pm Sat 28 Jun 14

rosered1 says...

MrBenggo wrote:
£133,000 swindled and just eight months jail,she's done very well out of it.
Not much of a deterrent is it.
She still has to pay back the overpayments after she is released from jail so it is a fair punishment I think
[quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: £133,000 swindled and just eight months jail,she's done very well out of it. Not much of a deterrent is it.[/p][/quote]She still has to pay back the overpayments after she is released from jail so it is a fair punishment I think rosered1
  • Score: 0

10:25am Mon 30 Jun 14

kjd161 says...

rosered1 wrote:
MrBenggo wrote:
£133,000 swindled and just eight months jail,she's done very well out of it.
Not much of a deterrent is it.
She still has to pay back the overpayments after she is released from jail so it is a fair punishment I think
What? You mean she has to get a job and pay OUR money back with HER hard earned cash? Or, she pays our cash back out of her free benefit money kindly donated from us? Hmm. Thought not.
[quote][p][bold]rosered1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: £133,000 swindled and just eight months jail,she's done very well out of it. Not much of a deterrent is it.[/p][/quote]She still has to pay back the overpayments after she is released from jail so it is a fair punishment I think[/p][/quote]What? You mean she has to get a job and pay OUR money back with HER hard earned cash? Or, she pays our cash back out of her free benefit money kindly donated from us? Hmm. Thought not. kjd161
  • Score: 4

12:05pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Keva68 says...

Only difference between her and some of the politicians and councillors milking the taxpayer is they have a VAT receipt.

Rumoured to be the only man in the Cabinet who employs a butler, Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward claimed mortgage payments on a flat in London, despite the fact that he owns at least seven houses with his wife Camilla, a member of the Sainsbury family. Between 2004 and 2008 Woodward claimed £98,000 in mortgage interest payments.

Not much difference as I see it.
Only difference between her and some of the politicians and councillors milking the taxpayer is they have a VAT receipt. Rumoured to be the only man in the Cabinet who employs a butler, Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward claimed mortgage payments on a flat in London, despite the fact that he owns at least seven houses with his wife Camilla, a member of the Sainsbury family. Between 2004 and 2008 Woodward claimed £98,000 in mortgage interest payments. Not much difference as I see it. Keva68
  • Score: 5

8:00pm Tue 1 Jul 14

frankly says...

pays it back.. lol.. What at a fiver a week.. she wont ever pay it back in full,, a joke
pays it back.. lol.. What at a fiver a week.. she wont ever pay it back in full,, a joke frankly
  • Score: 0

8:52am Thu 3 Jul 14

susan23 says...

In the article it does say she has been paying back £260 per month. At that rate it will take over 42 years to pay back!
In the article it does say she has been paying back £260 per month. At that rate it will take over 42 years to pay back! susan23
  • Score: 0

10:25am Thu 3 Jul 14

Hughwithaview says...

Keva68 wrote:
Only difference between her and some of the politicians and councillors milking the taxpayer is they have a VAT receipt.

Rumoured to be the only man in the Cabinet who employs a butler, Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward claimed mortgage payments on a flat in London, despite the fact that he owns at least seven houses with his wife Camilla, a member of the Sainsbury family. Between 2004 and 2008 Woodward claimed £98,000 in mortgage interest payments.

Not much difference as I see it.
I have no time for greedy politicians or bankers but crime is crime whoever commits it. You cannot justify the less well off defrauding the benefit system because some of the rich have had their noses in the trough. Commiting benefit fraud is just as wrong as any other type of theft.
[quote][p][bold]Keva68[/bold] wrote: Only difference between her and some of the politicians and councillors milking the taxpayer is they have a VAT receipt. Rumoured to be the only man in the Cabinet who employs a butler, Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward claimed mortgage payments on a flat in London, despite the fact that he owns at least seven houses with his wife Camilla, a member of the Sainsbury family. Between 2004 and 2008 Woodward claimed £98,000 in mortgage interest payments. Not much difference as I see it.[/p][/quote]I have no time for greedy politicians or bankers but crime is crime whoever commits it. You cannot justify the less well off defrauding the benefit system because some of the rich have had their noses in the trough. Commiting benefit fraud is just as wrong as any other type of theft. Hughwithaview
  • Score: 4

1:10pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Keva68 says...

Hughwithaview wrote:
Keva68 wrote:
Only difference between her and some of the politicians and councillors milking the taxpayer is they have a VAT receipt.

Rumoured to be the only man in the Cabinet who employs a butler, Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward claimed mortgage payments on a flat in London, despite the fact that he owns at least seven houses with his wife Camilla, a member of the Sainsbury family. Between 2004 and 2008 Woodward claimed £98,000 in mortgage interest payments.

Not much difference as I see it.
I have no time for greedy politicians or bankers but crime is crime whoever commits it. You cannot justify the less well off defrauding the benefit system because some of the rich have had their noses in the trough. Commiting benefit fraud is just as wrong as any other type of theft.
No issues totally agree its wrong and everyone should be prosecuted for it.
The issue is the Rich politicians seem to get away with it and I see no difference,they are just able to defraud the taxpayer in a more clever way than the poor.
[quote][p][bold]Hughwithaview[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keva68[/bold] wrote: Only difference between her and some of the politicians and councillors milking the taxpayer is they have a VAT receipt. Rumoured to be the only man in the Cabinet who employs a butler, Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward claimed mortgage payments on a flat in London, despite the fact that he owns at least seven houses with his wife Camilla, a member of the Sainsbury family. Between 2004 and 2008 Woodward claimed £98,000 in mortgage interest payments. Not much difference as I see it.[/p][/quote]I have no time for greedy politicians or bankers but crime is crime whoever commits it. You cannot justify the less well off defrauding the benefit system because some of the rich have had their noses in the trough. Commiting benefit fraud is just as wrong as any other type of theft.[/p][/quote]No issues totally agree its wrong and everyone should be prosecuted for it. The issue is the Rich politicians seem to get away with it and I see no difference,they are just able to defraud the taxpayer in a more clever way than the poor. Keva68
  • Score: 1
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