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Benefits cheat convicted for using details of brother who died in 1967

07/08/2015

Carl Jones has pleaded guilty today [Friday 7 Aug] at Liverpool Crown Court for making dishonest representations, theft, fraud and other offences. Mr Jones made a number of claims for pension credit and housing and council tax benefit by using documents which he claimed were completed by his brother Roy Jones, who passed away in 1967, and his former school friend. He also used passport details of these two people as well as holding passport details of another former school friend. Mr Jones has been sentenced to 28 months imprisonment.

Pamela Jain, specialist fraud prosecutor at the CPS said, "These actions were cold and calculated. Carl Jones used the identity of his dead brother to claim benefits he was not entitled to. He also stole the personal details of his friends and in one case used these to claim further payments. This friend had no idea that his name and details were being used to make claims including for pension, housing and council tax benefits.

"Faced with the strength of the case in front of him, Carl Jones has pleaded guilty today. The case has been dealt with under the 'Early Guilty Plea' scheme, which is designed to improve the number and efficiency of guilty plea cases in the Crown Court. Securing an early guilty plea saves valuable court time and has allowed us to make savings to the public purse which stand in stark contrast to Carl Jones' own fraudulent actions involving total claims of over £200,000."

Further information:

Early Guilty Plea scheme

The scheme requires the CPS to identify straightaway cases where defendants are likely to plead guilty. This allows the court to hear the case immediately and pass sentence, unless the defendant tells the court that they want a trial. In this way, the scheme encourages defendants who are pleading guilty, to do so at an early opportunity. This provides certainty for victims as to the outcome of their case far sooner and also saves significant resources as it reduces the number of hearings per case, and frees up judge, court and lawyers' time. It also enables more resources to be focussed on preparation for cases where a jury trial is genuinely needed and helps to bring cases on for trial sooner, which benefits witnesses, victims and defendants alike and is a more efficient use of court proceedings.

Convicted of:

  • Nine counts of Dishonest representation for obtaining benefit, contrary to section 111A(1)(a) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992
  • Two counts of Theft, contrary to section 1(1) of the Theft Act 1968
  • Dishonestly retaining a wrongful credit, contrary to section 24A of the Theft Act 1968
  • Using a copy of a false instrument with intent, contrary to section 4 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981
  • Two counts of Possession of an identity document with improper intention, contrary to section 4(1) and (2) of the Identity Documents Act 2010
  • Two counts of Fraud, contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006

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Notes to Editors

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