Fraud­u­lent woman freed from jail by ap­peal judges

‘Greater weight should have been given to her po­si­tion as carer of daugh­ter’

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A MUM who made false ben­e­fit claims in her dis­abled daugh­ter’s name has been freed by se­nior judges.

Su­san Vin­cent, of Nar­cot Lane, Chal­font St Giles, was jailed for 20 months at Ayles­bury Crown Court last Octo- ber. The 59-year-old ad­mit­ted mak­ing a false state­ment to ob­tain ben­e­fits and to mak­ing a false in­stru­ment with in­tent.

Vin­cent ap­plied for hous­ing and coun­cil tax ben­e­fit on be­half of her se­verely dis­abled daugh­ter, who suf­fers from cere­bral palsy and epilepsy.

She claimed her daugh­ter needed help pay­ing rent to her land­lord, whereas in truth she was liv­ing in a home par­tially owned by her mother.

Vin­cent used the money – around £70,000 – to put to­wards her mort­gage, but her case reached London’s Ap­peal Court as she suc­cess­fully chal­lenged her sen­tence.

Her le­gal team urged the judges to take ac­count of her pre­vi­ous good char­ac­ter and her role in car­ing for her daugh­ter.

The money ob­tained was not used to ‘live the high life’, but would have in­di­rectly ben­e­fited her daugh­ter, the court was told.

Judge An­thony Leonard QC, sit­ting with Lord Jus­tice Si­mon and Mr Jus­tice Blake, agreed that the 20-month sen­tence was too harsh.

“Greater weight should have been given to her po­si­tion as her daugh­ter’s carer, and her pre­vi­ous good char­ac­ter,” he con­cluded.

“The right sen­tence is 12 months, sus­pended for two years”.

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