Another Day, Another Benefit Cheat In The Headlines…

Ross’s post the other day attracted a lot of comment to the effect that the cuts are dooming the disabled to levels of Dickensian poverty, etc, etc. And of course, denials that benefit fraud was a big problem, and demands to know just what qualified as ‘fake’ disabilities, all the usual.

Unfortunate timing, really:

… she lied to welfare officials that she was virtually unable to walk.

But officials acting on an anonymous tip filmed the 63-year-old walking briskly around a supermarket, shopping, bending, lifting and carrying items.

So far, so normal.

But there was something a little different about this one. She was a civil servant, and not just any civil servant:

The cheating mandarin had worked as a carer panel member of the Appeals Tribunal Service, dealing with DLA cases.

And the penalty for fraudulently claiming over £8000 in benefit?

She was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 in costs at a court in Chelmsford on Tuesday.

Oh, wow! They really threw the book at her, eh..?

The article doesn’t say if she was dismissed for gross misconduct. If not, she damned well should be.

2 comments for “Another Day, Another Benefit Cheat In The Headlines…

  1. PT
    May 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    “The article doesn’t say if she was dismissed for gross misconduct. If not, she damned well should be.”
    Maybe she’ll suffer the Draconian penalty of a 7-day suspension, and then expect to be promoted on her return.

    • May 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      I wouldn’t be at all surprised… 😥

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