North Watford woman, Rosemary Pym, falsely claimed £11,000 while receiving private pension

A north Watford woman has been ordered to pay back more than £11,000 in benefits she claimed while receiving a private pension.

Rosemary Pym, of St Albans Road, admitted falsely claiming housing and Council Tax benefit between March 2008 and December 2012, despite her husband also receiving two private pensions and two lump sum payments from previous employers.

Mrs Pym had not declared her private pension, which she had to been receiving since 2008, to Watford Borough Council’s Revenues and Benefits section.

The couple were interviewed under caution in December 2012, where Mrs Pym admitted that both her and her husband had been receiving private pensions.

It was calculated that the 65-year-old had been overpaid by £11,400.

She pleaded guilty when she appeared before Watford Magistrates’ Court on December 20 and was fined £335.

She was also ordered to pay £250 in prosecution costs and has to pay back the overpaid benefit in full.

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5:22pm Tue 31 Dec 13

phil mitchel says...

Getting an £11,000 loan between March 2008 and December 2012 and only paying £585 interest sounds like a good deal, you'd have difficulty beating that on the high street.
Getting an £11,000 loan between March 2008 and December 2012 and only paying £585 interest sounds like a good deal, you'd have difficulty beating that on the high street. phil mitchel

9:30pm Tue 31 Dec 13

gloryhornet4 says...

phil mitchel wrote:
Getting an £11,000 loan between March 2008 and December 2012 and only paying £585 interest sounds like a good deal, you'd have difficulty beating that on the high street.
Phil quite right.

This sort of fraud should be on a par with tax evasion, as at present it does not carry interest and only penalties if awarded by the courts.

If treated as tax there may be a scale of penalty of about 30% to 50% plus interest on the sum from each overpayment until repaid.

I think until now the target has been recovery and not compensation which to me is wrong.

MP's overpaid expenses only repay the overpayment? Fine if an oversight, or a "grey area", but not when playing the system.
[quote][p][bold]phil mitchel[/bold] wrote: Getting an £11,000 loan between March 2008 and December 2012 and only paying £585 interest sounds like a good deal, you'd have difficulty beating that on the high street.[/p][/quote]Phil quite right. This sort of fraud should be on a par with tax evasion, as at present it does not carry interest and only penalties if awarded by the courts. If treated as tax there may be a scale of penalty of about 30% to 50% plus interest on the sum from each overpayment until repaid. I think until now the target has been recovery and not compensation which to me is wrong. MP's overpaid expenses only repay the overpayment? Fine if an oversight, or a "grey area", but not when playing the system. gloryhornet4

9:01am Thu 2 Jan 14

Home Truths says...

and no doubt ATOS declared that she was able to claim benefits
and no doubt ATOS declared that she was able to claim benefits Home Truths

1:44pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Andrew Turpie says...

phil mitchel wrote:
Getting an £11,000 loan between March 2008 and December 2012 and only paying £585 interest sounds like a good deal, you'd have difficulty beating that on the high street.
Well if you were to take a loan from one of the UK's biggest pay pay lender, over the exact amount of time then roughly looking at paying back £3,073,161.32. Nabbed a bargain in my opinion too lol.
[quote][p][bold]phil mitchel[/bold] wrote: Getting an £11,000 loan between March 2008 and December 2012 and only paying £585 interest sounds like a good deal, you'd have difficulty beating that on the high street.[/p][/quote]Well if you were to take a loan from one of the UK's biggest pay pay lender, over the exact amount of time then roughly looking at paying back £3,073,161.32. Nabbed a bargain in my opinion too lol. Andrew Turpie

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