Hague pleaded guilty to six counts of benefit fraud at Sheffield Crown Court
Jacqueline Hague, 69, was jailed for 16 months by a judge who said the public would be “horrified” at the scale of her crimes.
The pensioner was a volunteer at an advice centre and her role included helping people to make benefit claims.
She dishonestly claimed money over 13 years by failing to disclose her husband was working, a court heard.
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This is the kind of sentencing exercise that judges dread
Hague, from Sheffield, admitted six counts of benefit fraud at a previous hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.
The pensioner was a volunteer at Manor Park Advice Centre.
David Baines, prosecuting, said Hague raked in payments to which she was not entitled from February 2001 to September 2014. She received some benefits she should not have had because she was married and her husband was working.
Mr Baines added: “She either failed to disclose this fact or made false statements.”
Her husband had been working continuously since 1983 but Hague began struggling to pay bills
He said her husband had been working continuously since 1983 but Hague began “struggling to meet the household bills” after losing her job.
At the hearing this week Judge Peter Kelson said: “This is the kind of sentencing exercise that judges dread. I know from your lack of criminal record that you will never offend again and I know that you are a much loved mother,grandmother and great-grandmother.
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“But my duty on behalf of the public is to mark your offending.
“The public would be horrified if I overlooked someone who had effectively stolen £68,000 from the state.
Benefits mum: Cheryl Prudham Fri, December 18, 2015
Unemployed Couple Robert and Cheryl Prudham receive around £38,000 a year in benefits for their 12 children. The couple have spent thousands on holidays and designer clothes, here they are with trolley loads of Xmas presents.
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Cheryl Prudham and her family at home in Kent, the family receive £38000 a year in benefits
The pensioner was a volunteer at Manor Park Advice Centre
“It is an enormous amount of money over an enormous period of time and I can’t overlook that.”
News of Hague’s deception came on the day the Department for Work and Pensions announced a new benefit fraud crackdown.
Officials are to use a specialist data company to help identify claimants with an undisclosed partner.
They will scour insurance contracts, financial transactions, credit checks and other data to spot supposedly single people who may be living with someone.
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