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Prison sentence for Stoke Gifford benefits cheat

Posted on Thursday 21st March 2013 at 10:37 am by SH (Editor)

Scales of justice.

A benefit fraudster from Stoke Gifford has been sentenced to five months in prison after being found guilty of fraudulently claiming £35,000 in benefits.

Troy Owen, 30, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday (19th March) following a joint investigation by South Gloucestershire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Owen first claimed Housing and Council Tax Benefit from the council in 2009 while also receiving Income Support from the DWP. Owen was paid these benefits on the basis that he was a single person who had no savings or capital

A DWP investigation in early 2012 identified that Owen had apparently failed to report savings held in undeclared accounts.

When interviewed by investigators, Owen admitted that he had not declared his savings. He also admitted that he had not declared ownership of two properties and that his lodger was actually his wife. His claim to all benefits was found to have been false from the outset.

On 12th February 2013, at North Avon Magistrates’ Court, Owen entered guilty pleas to two charges of dishonesty brought under the Fraud Act 2006. He was remanded to Bristol Crown Court, where, on 19th March he was sentenced to five months imprisonment.

Summing up, His Honour Judge Julian Lambert commented:

“You cynically cheated the public purse and fraud of this sort has a corrosive effect on society.”

Owen had been overpaid £16,487.08 Housing Benefit and £3,157.68 Council Tax Benefit for the period 17th July 2009 to 6th November 2011, and £15,732.26 Income Support for the period 30th April 2008 to 1st October 2011.

A Proceeds of Crime hearing will be held later with a view to recovering the overpaid benefits.

Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire Council

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Man given suspended sentence after heroin and cocaine found at home

Posted on Thursday 20th September 2012 at 12:41 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford in the Media.

A Stoke Gifford man has been handed a suspended prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to permitting his property to be used in the supply of class A drugs, reports the Bristol Post.

Kevin Kendell, 28, of Great Swanmoor Close, had been arrested after cocaine, heroin and drug paraphernalia were found at his home.

Police went to the property after stopping a car in New Road on 1st May 2012. In that incident, one the occupants of the car dropped a package containing 100 street deal wraps of heroin and 61 of crack cocaine.

On searching Kendell’s property, police discovered 249.8g of heroin worth £4,000 and 78.6g of crack cocaine worth £12,500. A silver suitcase with lighters, cling film, a razor blade and self seal bags were also found.

Two other men, who had both been in the car stopped by police, admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine and were  jailed for a total of more than nine years.

Kendell was told his sentence was able to be suspended not least because he entered prompt pleas, was of good character and had to care for his seven-year-old daughter.

Judge Michael Roach also ordered him to do 160 hours’ unpaid work.

Read more: Jail for two men found with cocaine and heroin

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