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Jailed benefits cheat had holiday home in Spain

The Argus: Jailed benefits cheat had holiday home in Spain Jailed benefits cheat had holiday home in Spain

A BENEFIT cheat who sold a second property in London to buy a holiday home in Spain has been jailed for a year.

Janice Purdie pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming £134,187.38 in benefits over a nine-year period from 2004 to 2013.

Hove Crown Court heard how Purdie, of Shoreham Road, Hove, claimed £83,113.95 in housing benefit despite owning a second property in Camden, London.

Because the 62-year-old did not declare her property assets, she also received overpayments of £39,541.71 for income support and £3,319.17 in pension credit.

Purdie also claimed £8,212.55 in council tax benefit despite having over £16,000 in her bank account.

The court heard how Purdie sold her property in London for almost £600,000 and then used this money to help buy a property in Spain.

When questioned in October 2013, Purdie told government officials she had been visiting friends in Spain and refused to comment on owning a property in London.

Judge Paul Tain said: “This is a serious case of fraud that has gone on for many years and involves large amounts of money.

“The maximum sentence for this crime is ten years which highlights the seriousness of the situation.”

The defence for Purdie stated she had been in a physically and mentally abusive relationship and was left with £100,000 in gambling debts from her ex-partner.

Commenting on Purdie’s character references, Judge Tain said: “One of these references states that you are an honest person. You clearly are not.

“This reference talks about your generosity but it is easy to be generous with somebody else’s money.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions said that in all cases they look to get back the money they are owed.

Purdie plans to sell her property in Spain to pay back the money she fraudulently claimed.

The investigation which led to this case was launched after an allegation of undeclared capital and property was made by a member of the public.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s senior investigator, Penny Wood, said: “The public is increasingly aware of the strain on the public purse and are more willing than ever to report people who are abusing the system.

“This is a prime example of somebody blatantly abusing the system despite having accrued assets that many people struggle to attain over a lifetime.”

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7:43am Thu 26 Jun 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Gaoled for a year? Out in 6 months.
Hardly a deterrent is it?
Gaoled for a year? Out in 6 months. Hardly a deterrent is it? Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 37

8:01am Thu 26 Jun 14

Sheil says...

Unbelievable!

How could she sleep? Does it pay to be honest these days?

Such a sad inditement of this day & age.......greed!

Quite agree Joel.
Unbelievable! How could she sleep? Does it pay to be honest these days? Such a sad inditement of this day & age.......greed! Quite agree Joel. Sheil
  • Score: 21

8:14am Thu 26 Jun 14

Withdean-er says...

Purdie, like too many morally bankrupt liars, considered stealing from us as a victim less crime. She shouldn't be released until the public purse has been repaid every single penny and interest.
Purdie, like too many morally bankrupt liars, considered stealing from us as a victim less crime. She shouldn't be released until the public purse has been repaid every single penny and interest. Withdean-er
  • Score: 26

8:16am Thu 26 Jun 14

Withdean-er says...

Purdie, like all the other morally bankrupt thieves, no doubt at the time considered stealing from us a victim less crime. She shouldn't be released until she has repaid the public purse every single penny, court costs and interest.
Purdie, like all the other morally bankrupt thieves, no doubt at the time considered stealing from us a victim less crime. She shouldn't be released until she has repaid the public purse every single penny, court costs and interest. Withdean-er
  • Score: 11

8:24am Thu 26 Jun 14

straightasadye says...

The "beak" told the court "this is a serious case of fraud for which a ten year prison sentence could be handed down". I bet others caught cheating the system will be queueing up to have judge Paul Tain preside at their trial.
The "beak" told the court "this is a serious case of fraud for which a ten year prison sentence could be handed down". I bet others caught cheating the system will be queueing up to have judge Paul Tain preside at their trial. straightasadye
  • Score: 26

10:01am Thu 26 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

I think some people are forgetting that as soon as she is released, she will be taken to court for a proceeds of crime trial and made to repay the stolen monies.
I think some people are forgetting that as soon as she is released, she will be taken to court for a proceeds of crime trial and made to repay the stolen monies. Goldenwight
  • Score: 5

10:19am Thu 26 Jun 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

What's the difference between her doing this and our current bunch of crooks in the Houses of Parliament? So many of them fiddle the books and take what they shouldn't and absolutely nothing is done about it. Recently one woman who was named and shamed was only told to pay back £5K of an alledged £60K haul - where is the justice for those who should be setting an example to the rest of us?
What's the difference between her doing this and our current bunch of crooks in the Houses of Parliament? So many of them fiddle the books and take what they shouldn't and absolutely nothing is done about it. Recently one woman who was named and shamed was only told to pay back £5K of an alledged £60K haul - where is the justice for those who should be setting an example to the rest of us? getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 23

12:06pm Thu 26 Jun 14

tykemison says...

Well said getthiscoalitionout.
What about going after all the companies that"claim"to have their head-offices in tax-havens like Gibraltar? And what do these career politicians spend the tax money on anyway as all local services are being cut back?
Well said getthiscoalitionout. What about going after all the companies that"claim"to have their head-offices in tax-havens like Gibraltar? And what do these career politicians spend the tax money on anyway as all local services are being cut back? tykemison
  • Score: 16

1:08am Fri 27 Jun 14

wippasnapper says...

Why has this gov not learnt to clam all properties et obtained through fraudulent clams wile on benefits i.e. when this person gets out of jail they have still got there lash holiday home in span plus there home in the UK and there wide screen TVs et. Et I’ve always sad if through criminal actions you obtain the luxury’s of life they should be taken by the threshery it might make some people think twice about making fraudulent clams to have a better life.
Why has this gov not learnt to clam all properties et obtained through fraudulent clams wile on benefits i.e. when this person gets out of jail they have still got there lash holiday home in span plus there home in the UK and there wide screen TVs et. Et I’ve always sad if through criminal actions you obtain the luxury’s of life they should be taken by the threshery it might make some people think twice about making fraudulent clams to have a better life. wippasnapper
  • Score: -4

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