A benefits cheat who swindled almost £30,000 claims she needed the money to pay for washing powder and high electricity bills because she is incontinent.*boggle*
Jayne Cruden's excuse was branded “unacceptable” by a judge at Teesside Crown Court as he jailed the dishonest Middlesbrough 50-year-old for six months.Way to state the obvious, judge!
But wait, where’s my compassion?
She claimed she was jobless and living alone at her home in Maple Street even though her partner Thomas Ingledew was there and she was working as a cleaner.Ah. Right. That’s where it went…
Andrew Teate, mitigating…Oooh, this’ll be good…
…said Cruden made a legitimate claim in 2002 after she lost her job, but accepted she lied in later applications for benefit from 2006...“Her issue seems to be that she doesn't seek help...”No, her issue seems to be that she’s a lying (yet happily, totally incompetent) fraudster.
Cruden looked shocked and sobbed as she realised she was going to prison …Yes, I bet she did. She probably thought she could get away with taking the p***. She found she couldn’t.
Now dry those
H/T: Anna Raccoon via email
Cos sending her to prison makes so much sense.
She'll be unemployable when she gets out after, what, 2 months at enormous tax payers expense and will then be able to claim all the benefits she falsely claimed before...and more besides because prison will no doubt give her a 'condition' of some sort or the other. PTS anyone?
All the judge has succeeded in doing is putting her on the State Gravy Train for life.
Nice one , M'lud....but your moral outrage is going to cost the tax payer more than you do.
"No, her issue seems to be that she’s a lying (yet happily, totally incompetent) fraudster."
Incompetent or incontinent?
@SBC All the judge has succeeded in doing is putting her on the State Gravy Train for life.
What sentence would you have passed?
"What sentence would you have passed?"-Ken
I believe the punishment must fit the crime. The crime here was fraud (not theft as the DM always claims) and so the punishment must be a 'unfrauding' ie a giving back and making recompense.
Easier said than done but I'd favour a 5 year benefits bar (with exceptions for real disability etc) and if she ends up on the street then tough shit. Sentence her to take a minimum wage MC job and perhaps suspend her driving licence.
Not possible of course under our present laws. So I guess thousands of hours of Community Service would have to do....she might at least do society some good.
"Cos sending her to prison makes so much sense."
What the hell else to do with her? We no longer have the stocks, after all...
"Incompetent or incontinent?"
"I'd favour a 5 year benefits bar (with exceptions for real disability etc) and if she ends up on the street then tough shit. "
She'd just find a doctor to declare her disabled.
I'd favour a 5 year benefits bar (with exceptions for real disability etc) and if she ends up on the street then tough shit
So you'd favour five years posible starvation over six months inside (probably only two months in actual fact). In practice, she'd probably have to resort to crime to support herself.
No. I'm with the judge on this one.
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