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Stupid Case File for April 30, 2007

The 'System' gets the stupid award today

Thanks to our friends Sue & David for the story!

Courtesy of The Telegraph

A "disabled" benefits cheat started her own line-dancing group while claiming almost £23,000 in welfare payments, a court heard yesterday.

Jay Somers, 49, from Birkdale, near Southport, Merseyside, claimed she could only walk a few yards with the help of a stick.

But each week for four and a half years she donned cowboy boots and hat to teach up to 40 people line dancing, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Somers had a photo of herself printed on flyers to advertise the class, where she charged £2.50 a time.

Somers pleaded guilty to four counts of failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions of a change in circumstances and submitting false benefit claims between 2001 and 2006.

Judge Elgan Edwards sentenced Somers to an 11-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and said she was fortunate to stay out of custody.


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