Caldicot benefit cheat fined £220

Free Press Series: Cwmbran Magistrates' Court Cwmbran Magistrates' Court

A CALDICOT benefit cheat wrongly claimed thousands of pounds of government handouts while working.

Single mum Amy Lyons, 31, of Oakley Way. said her income was £500 a month but a probe revealed that it had more than doubled to reach £1.190 at one point, Cwmbran Magistrates' Court heard.

The housing benefit over-payment totaled £4,039 and one for council tax amounted to £540.

Lyons pleaded guilty to eight counts of failing to notify a change of circumstances between June 2010 and 2013.

Prosecutor loan Gealy said that she had started to repay the benefits but still had to clear £3,908.

Mr Gealy told the court: "The more you earn, the less the state will pay out.

"She was unlawfully enriching herself by accepting wages and also accepting benefits from the state. At the end of the day the taxpayer, the normal man in the street loses out when others take more than they are entitled to."

Mr Gealy told the court that she earned £1.196 in October 2012 and her income remained ''consistently high" for three years.

Lyons told the court that she had acknowledged what she had done, adding that she had pleaded guilty to the offences and was prepared to pay back the money owed.

Mr Gealy acknowledged that she had made repayments but stressed that that did not take away the fact she had committed crimes.

Magistrate Keith Minton fined Lyons £220, ordered her to pay £200 costs and a £22 surcharge.

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2:08pm Thu 22 May 14

Woodgnome says...

If I borrowed £4k for 4 years from a bank it would cost me a lot more than £220. Pathetic. What a message?
If I borrowed £4k for 4 years from a bank it would cost me a lot more than £220. Pathetic. What a message? Woodgnome
  • Score: 6

2:45pm Thu 22 May 14

-trigg- says...

We'll be reasonable and assume a rather low 10% APR, rather than one of the Wonga type rates. A loan of £4,000 over 4 years repaid monthly would incur interest of roughly £870. Even at a very generous 5% APR, the interest accrued would be roughly £420.

That doesn't even take into that the debt was actually incurred over a 4 year period and is only now being repaid at an undisclosed rate, which would further increase the interest that should be payable.
We'll be reasonable and assume a rather low 10% APR, rather than one of the Wonga type rates. A loan of £4,000 over 4 years repaid monthly would incur interest of roughly £870. Even at a very generous 5% APR, the interest accrued would be roughly £420. That doesn't even take into that the debt was actually incurred over a 4 year period and is only now being repaid at an undisclosed rate, which would further increase the interest that should be payable. -trigg-
  • Score: 2

4:15pm Thu 22 May 14

displayed says...

"but still had to clear £3,908."

"Caldicot benefit cheat fined £220"

Clearly benefit crime, benefits!
Lesson to all it seems...............
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"but still had to clear £3,908." "Caldicot benefit cheat fined £220" Clearly benefit crime, benefits! Lesson to all it seems............... .. displayed
  • Score: 4

6:48pm Thu 22 May 14

Meeeeeee1234 says...

Shame the Argus doesn't print the whole story/situation...
Maybe then people's opinions would change..
Not all cases are so clean cut...
AND we all know the Media is 100% truthful don't we lol
Shame the Argus doesn't print the whole story/situation... Maybe then people's opinions would change.. Not all cases are so clean cut... AND we all know the Media is 100% truthful don't we lol Meeeeeee1234
  • Score: -9

9:09am Fri 23 May 14

-trigg- says...

Lyons told the court that she had acknowledged what she had done, adding that she had pleaded guilty to the offences and was prepared to pay back the money owed


How much more of the story do we need printed?
[quote]Lyons told the court that she had acknowledged what she had done, adding that she had pleaded guilty to the offences and was prepared to pay back the money owed[/quote] How much more of the story do we need printed? -trigg-
  • Score: -1

10:29am Fri 23 May 14

Magor says...

Yet millions pretend to be sick and get away with it.
Yet millions pretend to be sick and get away with it. Magor
  • Score: -3

12:34pm Fri 23 May 14

PortPort says...

Meeeeeee1234 wrote:
Shame the Argus doesn't print the whole story/situation...
Maybe then people's opinions would change..
Not all cases are so clean cut...
AND we all know the Media is 100% truthful don't we lol
Looks like they did give the whole story for a change.
[quote][p][bold]Meeeeeee1234[/bold] wrote: Shame the Argus doesn't print the whole story/situation... Maybe then people's opinions would change.. Not all cases are so clean cut... AND we all know the Media is 100% truthful don't we lol[/p][/quote]Looks like they did give the whole story for a change. PortPort
  • Score: -1

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