18 months imprisonment for £80,000+ benefit fraudster
: 15/06/2011 14:58 by Fiona Haynes
Laura Lee Jones of Edmonton entered the UK from Jamaica illegally under the assumed name of Clover Jameson and claimed benefits to which she was not entitled including Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefit, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits. Her child's birth was registered in Enfield in 2005 under surname Jameson while partner(unable to name due to ongoing proceedings against him re: his benefit claim)registered child with his surname in Waltham Forest. She was also alleged to be living with her partner and not at her claim address and the child attended a local school in Walthamstow. Following extensive enquiries and surveillance operations carried out by officers from DWP, LB Enfield, LB Waltham Forest, UK Border Agency and Metropolitan Police Ms Jones and partner were arrested and both properties searched and a number of items seized including photographic evidence proving Clover Jameson and Laura Lee Jones to be the same person. It was calculated that Ms Jones fraudulently claimed in excess of £80,000 in combined benefits of which £43,000 were attributed to HB/CTB claimed in Enfield. Ms Jones appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on 19th May 2011 and pleaded guilty to 8 indictments including making faking false statements/representations on her claims to HB/CTB. She was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment on all charges to run concurrently with the recommendation for automatic deportation upon completion of sentence. The case was reported in the local press and London Evening Standard on 15th June 2011(click link above).