Linda Brown, of Cuddesdon Way, Blackbird Leys, was spared jail for the 12-year scam at Oxford Crown Court in August.
The court heard that the 60-year old had fraudulently claimed £109,186.34 in income support, employment and support allowance, council tax benefit and housing benefit.
She had pocketed the cash between September 1 2004 and April 4 2016 telling Oxford City Council and the department for work and pensions that she was the sole occupier of her home.
Brown was rumbled, however, when it emerged her parter (sic) who was earning more than £20,000 had been living with her for more than a decade.
I wonder just how it ’emerged’?
At the same court on Thursday prosecutors told a proceeds of crime hearing that the Crown Prosecution Service would not be going ahead with any claim to recover the ill gotten gains.
They argued that ‘her lack of assets’ meant it would not be possible to recover the haul of money that she had stolen.
So she can’t break rocks? Pick litter, if that’s the modern equivalent? She’s just allowed to walk free?
In mitigation Ronan McCann said at the time that his client had been under ‘immense’ financial pressure and had been acting as a carer for her parents.
Just like thousands of people who don’t cheat the system. So what?
He told the court that her mindset had been one of ‘utter chaos’ and added: “Your honour is well aware of individuals who will enjoy the finer things in life because of dishonest claims. This is not an individual known to have indulged in any of these luxuries.”
Wait, if she’d spent the cash on champagne & lobster, the court would be a bit less lenient? But since she merely spent it on Lambrusco and fish fingers, go thou, and sin no more?