Mother whose engineer husband earned
£1,500-a-week claimed thousands of pounds in illegal benefits... while sending her son to a posh private school

  • Gaye and Glyn Williams also had two cars and two pedigree dogs worth £1,000 each
  • Couple were sentenced to unpaid work and must repay £11,500
  • The family have since been evicted from their home in Gloucestershire

By Emma Clark

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Gaye Williams, who claimed thousands in illegal benefits to fund her middle-class lifestyle, was dressed smartly for court in a suit, hat and leather shoes and briefcase

Gaye Williams, who claimed thousands in illegal benefits to fund her middle-class lifestyle, was dressed smartly for court in a suit, hat and leather shoes and briefcase

A middle-class couple who lived in luxury and sent their son to a posh private school illegally claimed £11,500 in benefits to fund their lifestyle.

Mother Gaye Williams, 38, lied to the authorities about being a single parent in need of extra financial support to ensure she was eligible for council, housing and tax benefits.

In fact the estate agent enjoyed an affluent lifestyle with her engineer husband Glyn, 47, who was earning £1,500-a-week.

Their son attended a private school and the family owned two pedigree Dogues de Bordeaux dogs worth £1,000 each, as well as two cars including a 4X4.

Gloucester Crown Court heard yesterday how despite claiming to be a single parent, Mrs Williams had the benefits paid into her husband’s bank account.

The couple avoided jail after both pleading guilty; Mrs Williams to three charges of falsely obtaining benefits and Mr Williams to three offences of possessing criminal property.

The pair have now been evicted from their home in Churcham, Gloucestershire and while Mrs Williams is living off £130-a-week in benefits while Mr Williams’ earning have dropped to £500-a-week working for a tractor company.

The court heard that Gaye was the ‘brains’ behind the scam, while her husband was ‘very hard working with considerable earning ability’.

Judge Jamie Tabor told Mrs Williams: ‘You are an intelligent woman and you decided to defraud the public, which was unnecessary. Members of the public would say it is a lot of money - and it is.'

As well as lying to the Department of Work and Pensions, Williams claimed housing and council tax benefit while living in Hempsted, Gloucester, between November 2008 and January 2009, and similar benefits from Tewkesbury Borough Council while living in the village of Highnam between March and August 2009.

The total paid out by the three authorities was about £11,500.

Steve Young, defending Mrs Williams, a former estate agent, said publicity of the case had caused her distress and made it difficult for her to work.

 

He added that the dogs had not been paid for with the benefits but that the couple’s son bought the pets with money he won at a horticultural fair.

But Judge Tabor told Mrs Williams it was unlikely publicity was the reason she could not find employment.

Gaye Williams, left, and Glyn Williams, right, both admitted to the frauds after pretending to be separated

Gaye Williams, left, and Glyn Williams, right, both admitted to the frauds after pretending to be separated

He said: ‘In fact it is because you committed serious offences.’

Judge Jamie Tabor ordered Mrs Williams to do 180 hours unpaid work and Mr Williams to do 125 hours, telling them it was a ‘sad and sorry tale’.

Judge Tabor said: ‘I expect the Department of Work and Pensions will get the money back in the next two or three years.’

Sabiha Pathan, defending Mr Williams, 47, told the court he had been working hard towards repayment.

The benefit fraudsters avoided prison at Gloucester Crown Court and instead were sentenced to unpaid work

The benefit fraudsters avoided prison at Gloucester Crown Court and instead were sentenced to unpaid work

Judge Tabor told him: ‘Your wife is an intelligent woman and she knew what she was doing.

‘You knew what she was doing by letting her put the money in your bank account. You allowed it to happen.

‘I’m quite satisfied we will not see you here again. I know this has been agony for you.’

As well as unpaid work, Mr Williams was ordered to pay back £2,500.

He amassed more than £2,500 to pay back the fraudulent cash - but his wife was unable to return any money.

 
 

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What exactly do you have to do to go to prison in this country?

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Blimey! not the brightest having money paid into hubbys bank account!

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Yet she's still on benefits ????

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Nothing new here, same as the pathetic sentence is nothing new. Until we get some serious punishments for this robbery the stories will go on and on.

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Why wait 2/3 years to get OUR money back .Seize their assets !

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I have said on nearly all these types of stories that instead of cutting money to the people who really need it they should be putting more into catching people like this. most people claiming benefits are honest people down on there luck or ill but people like this give all people on benefits a bad name. and catching more cheats would save billions.

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i cant believe we could possible pay two individuals 750 gbp per week in benefits.. that is incredible. iam going to consider a new career which involves lots of doing nothing. the benefits obviously outweigh the cons

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a drop in the ocean compared to what politicians and bankers are ripping us of for plus then we got foreign aid and immigration .this is only chicken feed dm

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Your comments:Have they made any repayments - she doesnt look bothered at all. She should have been jailed. I can understand some people claiming benefits to which they are not entitled, but this woman well it just beggars belief. I wonder how she appeared when she was interviews=ed when the benefits were claimed.

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