Shock prison honeymoon for newlywed
Facebook is one of those quite popular new-fangled social media things isn’t it? In fact it’s so popular that quite a few people have heard of it. Including the taxman.
Now, Facebook has been the downfall of one particular lady, whose holiday snaps showing her cavorting on her jollies in Turkey and pictures of her Barbados wedding have landed her in the big house for benefit fraud.
Not only did Ashford Borough Council consider that Hazel Cunningham’s £170 a week income support, council tax and housing benefit insufficient to support a three-times a year Turkish holiday habit, but the photos of the 47 year old’s wedding also belied her claims to be a single mother.
Ms Cunningham was sentenced to 120 days in prison and ordered to repay the overclaimed benefits totalling £15,000. A Council spokesman said that "the message is clear: people who commit benefit fraud will be caught."
Er yes. And they will be caught twice it seems. The very same Hazel Cunningham was prosecuted for benefit fraud in 2009, and ordered to repay £21,000 of incapacity and other benefits. No details are yet available as to whether the Facebook photos of her pole-dancing while suffering from a bad back were instrumental in the previous case…