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Tuffley couple told to expect jail after £49k benefit fraud

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

Judge Jamie Tabor

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A Tuffley couple who have admitted a £49,900 benefits fraud were warned by a judge yesterday that they are 'likely to be going to prison.'

Trina Leray, 33, of Falfield rd, Tuffley, pleaded guilty at Gloucester crown court to dishonestly failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions between Jan 2007 and Aug 2012 that she was 'maintaining a common household' with Peter Farncombe, also 33.

The charge said the amount of benefit she was entitled to would be affected by the fact that Farncombe was living with her.

She admitted a second charge of failing to notify the London Borough of Wandsworth of her situation while claiming benefits.

Farncombe, of the same address, admitted charge of using or possessing criminal property from 2007 to 2012 - namely housing and council tax and Income Support benefits which he knew Leray was wrongly claiming.

Prosecutor Christopher Jervis said the total amount involved in their scam is £49,087. They have repaid £3,700.

Bailing them until 19th May for pre-sentence reports Judge Jamie Tabor QC warned "This is a lot of money and you will likely be going to prison."

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  • berted  |  April 28 2014, 12:40PM

    £49,900 is a lot of cash. But it pales into significance when compared with income tax fraud. Fraudsters employ smart accountants and lawyers to avoid paying huge amounts of tax. Rich folk hide their cash in overseas tax havens to avoid having to pay. The Government rewards the richest by cutting their tax bill. It seems that there are double standards when it comes to fraud.

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  • bdbear  |  April 27 2014, 10:46AM

    No dont jail them put them up in a cheap hostel and make them work until the bill is paid off for it all , why should more tax payers money be spent on these 2 wasters . All those people who were complaining last week about having to use food banks and not enough money for the NHS well now you know where it goes, dont blame the government , people like these scroungers ripping us all off . Let us hope there are never under any circumstances allowed to claim again for anything .

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