A woman who pretended she was ill to benefit from more than £138,000 in benefits while living a cushty life in Tunisia is jailed for yr.
She supplemented her income by claiming benefits including Income Support, Employment & Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Child Tax Credits between May 2006 and October 2012.
Susan Elaine Flanagan claimed the bucks over six years on the basis she needed 24-hour care and may even only walk some yards unaided. www.esacontactnumber.com
The 56-year-old, of Prenton, Wirral, Merseyside, was arrested carrying out a tip-off after a return holiday to the UK.
Liverpool Crown Court heard she had 16 suitcases and was walking effortlessly.
An investigation found all Flanagan’s bank transactions came about in Tunisia, and her two children we had not attended a UK school since 2006.
‘Enjoyed her lifestyle’
Websites showed she was building a catering and clothing business, and in many cases wrote your website called “A Brit setting up a life in Tunisia”.
Sentencing Flanagan, Recorder Paul Reid QC said: “You plainly enjoyed your own self and you were determined correctly to continue with all the assistance of gains advantage from the United Kingdom”
After the hearing Steven Sneade, fraud manager for that Department for Work and Pensions, said: “This lady was using benefits meant for that most vulnerable people in society to savor a good lifestyle inside a foreign country.
“It’s that of a lot of people would want to do but must work for money to do it.”