Should sentences be tougher for benefit fraudsters?
A BENEFITS who cheat swindled almost £18,000 of taxpayers’ money when she claimed to be a single mum while she was really married.
The mm-of-four as paid Income Support and other benefits for almost two years on the understanding she was a single parent.
But it emerged her husband was living with her, and child tax credits were paid into his bank account.
The Department of Work and Pensions and Hartlepool Borough Council launched a joint probe after officials were tipped off about Lowery on a national benefit fraud hotline.
Lowery fraudulently claimed an extra £17,815
But she was spared immediate jail and given a suspended sentenceToday we ask: Should sentences be tougher for benefit fraudsters?