Prison sentence for £20,000 benefit fraudster
A Bedford benefit thief who stole over £20,000 has been handed a
12 week suspended prison sentence and ordered to repay all of the
Mrs Jaswinder Mann, 44, of Queen Street, formerly of Shakespeare
Road, appeared at Bedford Magistrates Court on Wednesday 15th
August and pleaded guilty to 11 counts of making false
representations in order to obtain Housing and Council Tax Benefit,
by failing to declare that she owned a second property and failed
to disclose a number of bank accounts holding substantial
The deception was uncovered during a joint investigation between
investigators from Bedford Borough Council and the Department for
Work and Pensions Fraud Investigation Service.
As a result of Jaswinder Mann’s dishonesty, from February 2009
to October 2011, she stole £5,130.41 in Jobseekers Allowance and
Employment Support Allowance and £20,358.41 in Housing Benefit and
Council Tax Benefit from the public purse.
In sentencing, The Magistrates told Jaswinder Mann:
“The hard facts are this was a serious fraud committed over a
long period of time with 11 counts against you. Based on these
factors, you are sentenced to 12 weeks custody for each one of the
11 counts to run concurrently.” However due to Jaswinder Mann’s
poor health the Court suspended the sentence for 12 months.
The Court also ordered Jaswinder Mann to pay £680 costs to the
Council and £80 Victim Surcharge on top of the overpayment.
Councillor Shan Hunt, Executive Member for Revenue and Benefits,
said: “Financial support is available to help those who genuinely
need it and it is important that those people receive the full
amount available to them.
“However, when people deceive the system and steal money from
the public purse we will use all the powers available to us in
order to stop this crime.
“The action taken by the Magistrates Court supports our decision
to prosecute and I hope this serves as a warning to others who may
be tempted to claim money they are not entitled to.”