Search

Harold Hill woman escapes jail after £76,000 benefit fraud

18:00 02 April 2014

A mother-of-five who committed benefit fraud by claiming £76,000 she was not entitled to has escaped jail.

Stacey Bailey, 32, of Heaton Avenue, Harold Hill, began claiming income support in 2004 and continued pocketing handouts after tying the knot, and therefore losing her entitlement.

Bailey told Havering Council she was still a single mother and was not caught until April 2012, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

In total, she claimed £76,817 in hand-outs she was not entitled to, including childcare benefits, income support, housing and council tax benefits.

Judge Stephen Freeland QC handed the mum a 12-month suspended jail sentence, after deciding the welfare of her children would be seriously diminished should she be incarcerated.

He said: “In a way you richly deserve to go immediately into custody.

“It is true the income support was not from the outset dishonest but your claiming of housing and council tax benefits was wholly dishonest.

“But you are the mother of five children and I think you are genuinely remorseful. You are also looking after your nephew and your testimonials are very complimentary of you.

“I am just about able to suspend this sentence but should you be back before this court for any offence, you will be going immediately into custody.”

Bailey must perform 200 hours community service within the next year and pay £300 in prosecution costs.

She is already paying back the money she owes - out of the benefits she is still claiming.

At the moment all of the income support money is still owed to the Department of Work and Pensions while just more than £30,000 is owed to Havering Council.

Bailey admitted four counts of dishonestly making a false representation for self-gain and one count of failing to notify the DWP of a change in circumstance.

Latest Romford News Stories

16:50
Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the assault

Police have launched an investigation after a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on a Tube train.

Sammie Aubrey with a goat at Wellgate Farm that is believed to have gone to slaughter. Photo: Tracy Aubrey.

Just when is the right time to teach children about the circle of life?

15:14
Suttons Primary School choir performs at Queen's Hospital, Romford

Pupils shared some festive cheer by singing carols at Queen’s Hospital.

14:19
Keeley Johnson and her son Logan are supported by Haven House Children's Hospice

A mother whose first baby died of a rare neurological disorder faces the prospect of losing her second child to the same condition.

12:23
Essex police. Picture PA.

A 24-year-old man from Romford is on bail in connection with the murder of a father of three.

Original members of the Friends of Upminster Park. Treasurer Keith Webb, chairwoman Janet Davies, secretary Pat Flavell and her husband and volunteer Brian Flavell.

The chairwoman of Friends of Upminster Park has been described as “lovely” and “community spirited” following her death.

Firefighters from Romford, Harold Hill and Bethnal Green attended.

A 62-year-old man was taken to hospital after a collision on the A12 last night.

Trial period taking place outside Broadford Primary School

A mixed reaction to a first-of-its-kind initiative which fines parents £100 for dangerous driving around schools, has been expressed one month after its launch.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now