Benefit swindlers told ‘pay it back’ – Manchester Evening News housing benefit amount

Enid bell, who admitted conspiracy to defraud at preston crown court last june, used at least eight identities and different addresses to make bogus benefit claims. Separate bank accounts had been set up to make it difficult for payments to be traced back to her.

Enid, of stanley road, who sat in a wheelchair throughout the sentencing hearing last june, has been ordered to repay £347,400. The hearing at burnley ordered that £82,400 should be taken from frozen bank accounts, and the balance of £265,000 from the sale of properties and assets.

Lorraine, of withington road, was ordered to pay back £265,075 – £49,000 of it instantly, and the remaining £216,000 from property and assets. A spokesman for the department for work and pensioners said: “this confiscation hearing illustrates the serious consequences of committing benefit fraud.Housing benefit amount

“not only have the bells received heavy prison sentences, the department has now sought full reimbursement of all money fraudulently obtained, to ensure that fraudsters do not benefit financially from their criminal activities.”

Jamaican-born enid, who is still serving her sentence, was told by judge beverley lunt during the court case at preston: “you are a thoroughly dishonest and greedy person. Deception is second nature to you.

“that you were able to steal from the taxpayer money for 12 years to a tune of well over half a million pounds is a matter of grave concern. More so is that this was money intended to help vulnerable people in genuine need and distress.”

At the height of the con, she used the name edna davis to make claims for income support, pension credit, disability living allowance, DLA housing benefit and council tax benefit to the tune of £106,000.Housing benefit amount she also made claims under the name of edna joyce coley for £109,000; joyce simms £106,000; elmay joyce rose simms £58,000; cynthia bell £58,000; maureen simms £56,000; ester rose davis £29,000; and margaret smith £23,000.

Bell was said to suffer from a number of genuine illnesses and ailments including hypertension, angina, blackouts and claustrophobia, but had calmly and methodically continued to defraud the DWP and other agencies by making fictitious claims.

The investigation which uncovered the complex and tangled web of deceit spun by enid was triggered by the then-pregnant daughter lorraine when she told hospital staff her name was maureen simms and for reasons still unknown, told nursing staff during hospital visit, that she had been raped.

Concerns were raised when midwifes were unable to trace her and tried to make home visits and were unable to make contact.Housing benefit amount and alarm bells began ringing when enid then visited her in hospital, claiming firstly to be her auntie before telling staff she was actually her mother.

“enid bell particularly when she sat in her wheelchair during the sentencing hearing, looked for all the world like an innocent church-going granny. In fact she was a very intelligent, shrewd and calculating woman, who was the absolute mastermind behind the whole operation.

“the whole thing was made worthwhile however, when mother and daughter were given prison sentences, and it was even better when they were both further penalised by what hurt them more than anything – having the results of their criminal activity taken away from them.”

Enid bell’s husband george 71, was given a conditional discharge for three years, at preston crown court, for making a false pension credit claim of £1,635, and her son terence simms 43, of shrewsbury street, whalley range, was given a 30-week sentence suspended for two years, for falsely claiming jobseeker’s allowance of £8,400 over a period of four years.Housing benefit amount