Woman sentenced for making false health claims to receive benefits


A 49-year-old Croydon woman who cruelly subjected her two children to unnecessary and invasive medical treatment by making false claims about their health so she could claim benefits, has been sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment today (August 15th) at Croydon Crown Court.

Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "The prosecution's case was that the defendant's actions in exposing and subjecting her children to unnecessary and invasive operations and excessive medication were motivated by dishonesty and greed.

"As a result of her extraordinary cruelty, this individual is now going to spend a significant amount of time in prison. In total over a period of at least 10 years she successfully claimed £375,198.02 in Disability Living Allowance and Income Support benefit. That a mother should go to such lengths of child cruelty to support the false and exaggerated benefits claims that she made is beyond comprehension.

"The thorough three-year police investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service laid the strong foundations for this successful prosecution, which demonstrates our commitment to work together to tackle instances of child cruelty and benefit fraud in London."

Convicted of:

  • Four counts of cruelty to a person under 16
  • Two counts of obtaining money transfer by deception
  • Seven counts of making a false representation
  • Two counts of fraud by false representation.