East Lancashire benefits cheat claimed £7k while working as courier

East Lancashire benefits cheat claimed £7k while working as courier

East Lancashire benefits cheat claimed £7k while working as courier

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A BENEFITS cheat got about £7,000 from the public purse while earning up to £1,400 a month as a courier, a court heard.

Helen Fearon, 31, had told the Department for Work and Pensions that neither she nor her partner were working.

But, she was self-employed, delivering parcels for almost two months before she first lied and made a joint claim for cash. Either she or her husband would make the deliveries, Burnley magistrates were told.

Fearon sobbed as her solicitor told the court she had lost her good name.

The defendant, of Fairfield Avenue, Waterfoot, admitted three counts of dishonestly making a false statement to obtain benefit at Rossendale - one involving ESA (employment support allowance), on or about February 8 last year, one regarding jobseekers allowance, on or about November 27, 2012 and a further allegation relating to ESA on or about May 22, 2012.

She was given a three-month, 9pm to 7am curfew, from Tuesday to Saturday and must pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

The court heard Fearon claimed JSA she wasn't entitled to for about 12 months and for ESA over two periods of six months. The total overpayment was just under £7,000.

Alex Mann, prosecuting, said the defendant didn't disclose that both she and her partner had been working as couriers. It was a fraud from the outset. She was asked if she or her partner were working and had replied no.

The prosecutor said Hermes confirmed Fearon had been working self-employed with them, since April 9, 2012 and between £314 and £1,400 a month had been earned, depending on the number of deliveries. Hermes stated it was immaterial which person delivered the parcels.

The defendant had maintained she had not been dishonest and everything had been a mistake. In a telephone call with the DWP on February 8, last year, she stated her partner was on JSA and was not working.

Jeremy Frain, for Fearon, said she had been told she could work up to 16 hours a week. But, the amount of parcels she delivered would have meant she worked beyond that.

The DWP was in the process of recouping the money from the defendant and her husband. The solicitor said: "She is genuinely remorseful."

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8:26pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Openminded? says...

Its funny how we can comment on this article and the individual is white, but the other day we couldn't the cheaters were Asian??

(by the way I am Asian)
Its funny how we can comment on this article and the individual is white, but the other day we couldn't the cheaters were Asian?? (by the way I am Asian) Openminded?
  • Score: 45

9:06pm Thu 27 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

£7,000. Big deal. The DWP fraud team are just doing their job, and that level of someone doing their job shouldn't be worthy of news. In the great scheme of things, this is peanuts. Go after the real fraudsters, you bunch of cowards -or would that involve a little TOO much work from the Department for Work & Pensions?
This woman has a work ethic, and that's something that she should be given credit for. She hasn't ripped 'The Taxpayer' off any more than ANY self-employed person does.
I'm sick to death of the way the Government and the media are pitching the poor against the poor to create a smokescreen for the real villains to hide behind.
£7,000. Big deal. The DWP fraud team are just doing their job, and that level of someone doing their job shouldn't be worthy of news. In the great scheme of things, this is peanuts. Go after the real fraudsters, you bunch of cowards -or would that involve a little TOO much work from the Department for Work & Pensions? This woman has a work ethic, and that's something that she should be given credit for. She hasn't ripped 'The Taxpayer' off any more than ANY self-employed person does. I'm sick to death of the way the Government and the media are pitching the poor against the poor to create a smokescreen for the real villains to hide behind. happycyclist
  • Score: 14

10:03pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Theworldismad says...

happycyclist wrote:
£7,000. Big deal. The DWP fraud team are just doing their job, and that level of someone doing their job shouldn't be worthy of news. In the great scheme of things, this is peanuts. Go after the real fraudsters, you bunch of cowards -or would that involve a little TOO much work from the Department for Work & Pensions?
This woman has a work ethic, and that's something that she should be given credit for. She hasn't ripped 'The Taxpayer' off any more than ANY self-employed person does.
I'm sick to death of the way the Government and the media are pitching the poor against the poor to create a smokescreen for the real villains to hide behind.
Exactly!! They think we are all stupid.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: £7,000. Big deal. The DWP fraud team are just doing their job, and that level of someone doing their job shouldn't be worthy of news. In the great scheme of things, this is peanuts. Go after the real fraudsters, you bunch of cowards -or would that involve a little TOO much work from the Department for Work & Pensions? This woman has a work ethic, and that's something that she should be given credit for. She hasn't ripped 'The Taxpayer' off any more than ANY self-employed person does. I'm sick to death of the way the Government and the media are pitching the poor against the poor to create a smokescreen for the real villains to hide behind.[/p][/quote]Exactly!! They think we are all stupid. Theworldismad
  • Score: 7

10:04pm Thu 27 Feb 14

mrcool says...

Openminded? wrote:
Its funny how we can comment on this article and the individual is white, but the other day we couldn't the cheaters were Asian??

(by the way I am Asian)
Because all we would get would be "deport them" or "they are bleeding this country dry", "blah blah blah" from the resident racist nutters here. Of course, when the culprits are non-asian, we can't really deport them anywhere can we? But then again, according to the nutters on here, only asians commit this crime, so I'm guessing there has been a misprint and the womans name was Mrs Ali.
[quote][p][bold]Openminded?[/bold] wrote: Its funny how we can comment on this article and the individual is white, but the other day we couldn't the cheaters were Asian?? (by the way I am Asian)[/p][/quote]Because all we would get would be "deport them" or "they are bleeding this country dry", "blah blah blah" from the resident racist nutters here. Of course, when the culprits are non-asian, we can't really deport them anywhere can we? But then again, according to the nutters on here, only asians commit this crime, so I'm guessing there has been a misprint and the womans name was Mrs Ali. mrcool
  • Score: -12

10:54pm Thu 27 Feb 14

steve18gls says...

Theworldismad wrote:
happycyclist wrote:
£7,000. Big deal. The DWP fraud team are just doing their job, and that level of someone doing their job shouldn't be worthy of news. In the great scheme of things, this is peanuts. Go after the real fraudsters, you bunch of cowards -or would that involve a little TOO much work from the Department for Work & Pensions?
This woman has a work ethic, and that's something that she should be given credit for. She hasn't ripped 'The Taxpayer' off any more than ANY self-employed person does.
I'm sick to death of the way the Government and the media are pitching the poor against the poor to create a smokescreen for the real villains to hide behind.
Exactly!! They think we are all stupid.
You two are Morons !!
[quote][p][bold]Theworldismad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: £7,000. Big deal. The DWP fraud team are just doing their job, and that level of someone doing their job shouldn't be worthy of news. In the great scheme of things, this is peanuts. Go after the real fraudsters, you bunch of cowards -or would that involve a little TOO much work from the Department for Work & Pensions? This woman has a work ethic, and that's something that she should be given credit for. She hasn't ripped 'The Taxpayer' off any more than ANY self-employed person does. I'm sick to death of the way the Government and the media are pitching the poor against the poor to create a smokescreen for the real villains to hide behind.[/p][/quote]Exactly!! They think we are all stupid.[/p][/quote]You two are Morons !! steve18gls
  • Score: -12

12:04am Fri 28 Feb 14

doylerf says...

mrcool wrote:
Openminded? wrote:
Its funny how we can comment on this article and the individual is white, but the other day we couldn't the cheaters were Asian??

(by the way I am Asian)
Because all we would get would be "deport them" or "they are bleeding this country dry", "blah blah blah" from the resident racist nutters here. Of course, when the culprits are non-asian, we can't really deport them anywhere can we? But then again, according to the nutters on here, only asians commit this crime, so I'm guessing there has been a misprint and the womans name was Mrs Ali.
We didn't ask for Mulla to be deported, we just expecting him to have the honour to resign, but having no honour at all he is walking around in the Mayoral chains. "Mr Mulla, community leader, everybody knows me"
[quote][p][bold]mrcool[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Openminded?[/bold] wrote: Its funny how we can comment on this article and the individual is white, but the other day we couldn't the cheaters were Asian?? (by the way I am Asian)[/p][/quote]Because all we would get would be "deport them" or "they are bleeding this country dry", "blah blah blah" from the resident racist nutters here. Of course, when the culprits are non-asian, we can't really deport them anywhere can we? But then again, according to the nutters on here, only asians commit this crime, so I'm guessing there has been a misprint and the womans name was Mrs Ali.[/p][/quote]We didn't ask for Mulla to be deported, we just expecting him to have the honour to resign, but having no honour at all he is walking around in the Mayoral chains. "Mr Mulla, community leader, everybody knows me" doylerf
  • Score: 21

6:29am Fri 28 Feb 14

speedie_rovers_legend says...

Get these people out of office they are discrimating against us by doing this stupid thing telling the newspaper not to print against all these people this is wrong coucillor you are a disgrace to this
Get these people out of office they are discrimating against us by doing this stupid thing telling the newspaper not to print against all these people this is wrong coucillor you are a disgrace to this speedie_rovers_legend
  • Score: -5

8:59am Fri 28 Feb 14

adamdesk says...

Racists people out there causes problems
Throughout the year whites and |Asians do commit frauds
Just if Asian people commits fraud people jump to their race and colour and make comments same when white people commits fraud people make stupid comments
at the end of the day fraud is fraud
Racists people out there causes problems Throughout the year whites and |Asians do commit frauds Just if Asian people commits fraud people jump to their race and colour and make comments same when white people commits fraud people make stupid comments at the end of the day fraud is fraud adamdesk
  • Score: 10

9:39am Fri 28 Feb 14

HecticBigBoy says...

happycyclist wrote:
£7,000. Big deal. The DWP fraud team are just doing their job, and that level of someone doing their job shouldn't be worthy of news. In the great scheme of things, this is peanuts. Go after the real fraudsters, you bunch of cowards -or would that involve a little TOO much work from the Department for Work & Pensions? This woman has a work ethic, and that's something that she should be given credit for. She hasn't ripped 'The Taxpayer' off any more than ANY self-employed person does. I'm sick to death of the way the Government and the media are pitching the poor against the poor to create a smokescreen for the real villains to hide behind.
Errr i believe as a self employed person that pays every penny due to HMRC and declares everything i earn, your comment that ALL self employed people rip the tax payer off as an insult. Maybe you would like to correct that statement?
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: £7,000. Big deal. The DWP fraud team are just doing their job, and that level of someone doing their job shouldn't be worthy of news. In the great scheme of things, this is peanuts. Go after the real fraudsters, you bunch of cowards -or would that involve a little TOO much work from the Department for Work & Pensions? This woman has a work ethic, and that's something that she should be given credit for. She hasn't ripped 'The Taxpayer' off any more than ANY self-employed person does. I'm sick to death of the way the Government and the media are pitching the poor against the poor to create a smokescreen for the real villains to hide behind.[/p][/quote]Errr i believe as a self employed person that pays every penny due to HMRC and declares everything i earn, your comment that ALL self employed people rip the tax payer off as an insult. Maybe you would like to correct that statement? HecticBigBoy
  • Score: 5

1:47pm Fri 28 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

Go after the real fraudsters, you bunch of cowards -or would that involve a little TOO much work from the Department for Work & Pensions? 

I'm sick to death of the way the Government and the media are pitching the poor against the poor to create a smokescreen for the real villains to hide behind.

These two sentences I agree with happy c. The rest I'm afraid not. Like another commentor said, fraud is fraud and when discovered needs to be punished. But you are right that this government is turning the working classes against the poor and it needs to stop!
Go after the real fraudsters, you bunch of cowards -or would that involve a little TOO much work from the Department for Work & Pensions?  I'm sick to death of the way the Government and the media are pitching the poor against the poor to create a smokescreen for the real villains to hide behind. These two sentences I agree with happy c. The rest I'm afraid not. Like another commentor said, fraud is fraud and when discovered needs to be punished. But you are right that this government is turning the working classes against the poor and it needs to stop! HarryBosch
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Colne, lass says...

It doesnt matter if your white, black yellow or pink!!!!! Anyone who commits a crime should be brought to justice & dealt with accordingly. And people are allowed to have freedom of speech and make comments but please lets not get into a racist rant, because all ethnic origins commit crime not just asain people!!!!!
It doesnt matter if your white, black yellow or pink!!!!! Anyone who commits a crime should be brought to justice & dealt with accordingly. And people are allowed to have freedom of speech and make comments but please lets not get into a racist rant, because all ethnic origins commit crime not just asain people!!!!! Colne, lass
  • Score: 8

3:50pm Fri 28 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

HecticBigBoy wrote:
happycyclist wrote:
£7,000. Big deal. The DWP fraud team are just doing their job, and that level of someone doing their job shouldn't be worthy of news. In the great scheme of things, this is peanuts. Go after the real fraudsters, you bunch of cowards -or would that involve a little TOO much work from the Department for Work & Pensions? This woman has a work ethic, and that's something that she should be given credit for. She hasn't ripped 'The Taxpayer' off any more than ANY self-employed person does. I'm sick to death of the way the Government and the media are pitching the poor against the poor to create a smokescreen for the real villains to hide behind.
Errr i believe as a self employed person that pays every penny due to HMRC and declares everything i earn, your comment that ALL self employed people rip the tax payer off as an insult. Maybe you would like to correct that statement?
Well you're the only self-employed person in the country who does. And I don't believe you anyway. Every self-employed person I've ever known has done cash-in-hand deals, not declared some work, claimed petrol receipts for driving that has nothing to do with working, etc,etc.etc. No, I don't want to correct that statement.
[quote][p][bold]HecticBigBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: £7,000. Big deal. The DWP fraud team are just doing their job, and that level of someone doing their job shouldn't be worthy of news. In the great scheme of things, this is peanuts. Go after the real fraudsters, you bunch of cowards -or would that involve a little TOO much work from the Department for Work & Pensions? This woman has a work ethic, and that's something that she should be given credit for. She hasn't ripped 'The Taxpayer' off any more than ANY self-employed person does. I'm sick to death of the way the Government and the media are pitching the poor against the poor to create a smokescreen for the real villains to hide behind.[/p][/quote]Errr i believe as a self employed person that pays every penny due to HMRC and declares everything i earn, your comment that ALL self employed people rip the tax payer off as an insult. Maybe you would like to correct that statement?[/p][/quote]Well you're the only self-employed person in the country who does. And I don't believe you anyway. Every self-employed person I've ever known has done cash-in-hand deals, not declared some work, claimed petrol receipts for driving that has nothing to do with working, etc,etc.etc. No, I don't want to correct that statement. happycyclist
  • Score: 0

2:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

woolywords says...

To be honest, this is the one thing that all races have in common with each other. they are all very sorry when in court.
Or should that be, very sorry when caught?


ps.
I think that you have to go on to the Asian Image website, if you want to comment on any Asian news now.
To be honest, this is the one thing that all races have in common with each other. they are all very sorry when in court. Or should that be, very sorry when caught? ps. I think that you have to go on to the Asian Image website, if you want to comment on any Asian news now. woolywords
  • Score: 0

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