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Test Master DAF :Benefit fraudster jailed for 20 months, David Wilshaw had 16 phantom children

A man who claimed more than £85,000 benefit for 16 nonexistent children was jailed for 20 months yesterday. David Wilshaw, 58, and his partner. Nancy Stevenson, 59, from Weston-super-Mare, decided on the fraud after they applied for tax credits for one of Stevenson’s two children and realised thatthey did not have to produce a birth certificate. He tried to claim that he had done taxpayers a favour by exposing a gap in the rules.

Un homme qui avait perçu plus de 85k£ d'allocations pour 16 enfants (non réels) fut condamné à 20 months de prison ferme hier. David wilshaw 58 ans et sa compagne Nancy Stevenson, 59 ans, de Weston Super Mare se lancèrent dans cette entreprise (dans le sens defraud) apres qu'ils eurent réalisé losque lors d'une demande d'allocation qu'on ne leur avaient demandés aucun certificat de naissance. Il essaya de prétendre qu'il avait fait une faveur au contribuable en mettant à jour une defaillance dans le système.

Within weeks, Bristol Crown Court was told, the couple had invented 16 children. David Wilshaw and Nancy Stevenson, who were living in a one-roomflat in the Somerset town, were paid more than £400 a week between 2003 and 2007. Stevenson, who is unemployed, an alcoholic and a gambling addict, admitted one charge of money laundering and a further charge of tax credit fraud. She was given a 12-month community order and ordered to wear an electronic tag.

Durant ces semaines, il fut dit a la court de Bristol que le couple avait inventé 16enfants. DW et NS qui vivaient.dans un studio a Somerset town, ils recevaient (pas sur de la traduction là) plus de 400 par semaine entre 2003 et 2007. Stevenson qui est sans emploi, alcholique et joueuse (casino, paris) reconnu l'accusation de blanchiment d'argent et plus l'accusation de fraude de crédit d'impot. On la condamna a 12 mois de travaux d'interet general et a porter un braceletelectronique de surveillance.

They had invented their huge family to pay for their gambling and alcohol addictions. Wilshaw was spending £400 to £600 a week in betting shops and Stevenson admitted drinking at least two bottles of brandy a day. After Wilshaw’s arrest, he claimed to have done a public service by showing how easily the system could be cheated. “I claimed for a couple of twins, thenanother and another. It was incredibly easy. Nobody ever checked up on us until last week.”

Ils avaient inventé cette famille nombreuse pour payer leurs dépendance au jeux et à l'alchol. W depenssait de 400£ à 600£ par semaine en pariant et S reconnu boire au moin 2 bouteille de Brandy par jour. Apres L'arrestation de W, il prétendut avoir rendu un service à la communauté en devoilant comment lesysteme pouvait etre facilement dupé. “j'ai réclamé des allocations pour des jumeaux et ainsi de suite. C'était incoyablement facile. Personne ne nous a jamais controler jussqu'a la semaine passé”

Sarah Bamford, a senior investigating officer for Revenue & Customs, said: “This case is the result of many months of intense and thorough work by a dedicated team of tax credit officers, determinedto see that these fraudsters were brought to justice. “The vast majority of tax credit claimants are honest and claim only what they are entitled to but those who think that they can beat the system and gain advantage over everyone else without consideration or second thought should be worried.” Wilshaw was convicted of 42 tax-related fraud offences.
Judge Michael Harrington described Wilshaw’srecord as appalling after hearing that he also had 105 convictions for theft. Oliver Wilmott, for the prosecution, told the court how Wilshaw would claim that he was adopting or fostering the children, despite living in a one-bedroom flat. “There were searches carried out with the alleged children’s dates of birth but they don’t exist,” he said.

SB, a enqueteur comfirmé du Revenue 1 Customs,...
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