Of course, there is no benefit fraud

A grandmother who defrauded the state out of more than £1 million over 15 years, making her the UK’s single biggest welfare cheat, has been jailed.

It’s only tax cheats who rip off the public, innit?

17 thoughts on “Of course, there is no benefit fraud”

  1. Yeah, but what about all the disabled people murdered by Them Evil Tories and their Billionaire Backers?

    I hope this worthless old cunt rots in prison, although it’s unlikely she’ll serve long enough. 3 years and 8 months is pathetic, even by the usual British standards.

    Here’s another fraudster who received the same sentence for stealing 1/5 of the money – https://www.ukfinance.org.uk/press/press-releases/tottenham-fraudster-sentenced-£200k-scam

    A relative of mind died from MS (or complications resulting from it) a few months ago, after fighting it for 25 years and working for as long as humanly possible. He didn’t make it anywhere near 65.

  2. How on earth was she getting 67,000 pounds per year? Sixty. Seven. THOUSAND. pounds per year.

    I could use that much money. Did she have to pay tax on it? Work for it?

  3. “It’s a relief to be caught, I’ve had enough and it’s getting harder to maintain the fraud. I gave the money away to whoever, the homeless, the cold, to the lonely and to the abused. I gave it to anyone who needed it and I have nothing.”

    I think she’s saying that it’s all right to steal if you claim to be a socialist.

  4. Disingenous reporting – note the phrase “single biggest welfare cheat” – thereby avoiding the diversity gangs who ripped off millions between them. A quick search found this Nigerian https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/933017/benefit-fraudster-couple-had-1m-nigerian-mansion/ who had a confiscation order of £1,197,743 made against him, suggesting his fraud was at least this amount. With regards to granny, does anyone believe that “that there is nothing left of what you took.” especially as she seems to have been pretty much on the ball in defrauding the state.

  5. Didn’t anyone notice that she was pocketing more than a banker on £100k would get after tax and NI? For fifteen years she was spending like a sailor and nobody noticed.

  6. Pomfrey was exposed after investigators observed her driving her car, picking up her grandchildren from school going for walks and going on shopping trips to the supermarket and to beauty salons.

    She should as for her money back.

  7. Mark in Mayenne said:
    “How on earth was she getting 67,000 pounds per year?”

    She shouldn’t be able to get that level of benefits even if it wasn’t fraudulent!

  8. Alleged ‘grandmother.’ Telegraph adds her parental status to make the story interesting.

  9. @ Richard T
    She was claiming in the names of several other people including her husband’s first wife (who was dead).
    Competence and the DWP – never the twain shall meet.

  10. ‘Police and DWP investigators raided Pomfrey’s home and found paperwork relating to the fraud in a spare bedroom plus items used to forge documents including blank wage slips and bank statements which had been doctored.’

    She added: “It’s a relief to be caught, I’ve had enough and it’s getting harder to maintain the fraud. I gave the money away to whoever, the homeless, the cold, to the lonely and to the abused. I gave it to anyone who needed it and I have nothing.”‘

    Fraudster claims she gave it all away.

    “I think she’s saying that it’s all right to steal if you claim to be a socialist.”

    Maybe. I think more likely she’s trying to trick them into stopping the investigation. I think she still has the money. And her husband has it.

    ‘My husband didn’t know anything about it’

    It has been established that nothing she says should be believed.

  11. ‘Pomfrey was exposed after investigators observed her driving her car, picking up her grandchildren from school going for walks and going on shopping trips to the supermarket and to beauty salons.’

    Ah-ha! moment conspicuously missing.

    “WE SAW YOU DRIVING YOUR CAR !!! WE GOTCHA !!! NOW CONFESS !!!

    ‘Telegraph Reporters’ thought this interesting?

    And the subs thought ‘picking up her grandchildren from school going for walks’ was a rational sentence?

  12. @Mark in Mayenne
    From article
    “…Christina Pomfrey, 65, exaggerated her multiple sclerosis, falsely claimed she was blind and used the names of unwitting relatives including her sister to pocket disability living allowance, carers allowance plus a string of other benefits.

    She also made benefit claims using a house she no longer lived in and claimed disability benefits in the name of her ex-husband’s first wife who died in a road accident in 1979.

    Pomfrey was exposed after investigators observed her driving her car, picking up her grandchildren from school going for walks and going on shopping trips to the supermarket and to beauty salons…”

    “who died in a road accident in 1979” – whut? No flashing red lights, sirens and “Computer says No” warnings? Me thinks some DWP insider collusion

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