R v Wilkinson

September 11, 2015

Nigel Booth defended a mother from Kirkby who received a suspended sentence after falsely claiming £84,000 in benefits by failing to reveal she was living with her boyfriend.

Jennifer Wilkinson falsely claimed income support, housing benefit, council tax benefit and Jobseekers’ Allowance over an 11-year period. She admitted four counts of fraud.

The court heard that if she had informed the authorities, she could have legitimately claimed £64,000 in tax credits. Nigel Booth said the actual loss to the taxpayer would therefore have been around £19,000.

Wilkinson received a one year prison sentence which was suspended for 18 months, 12 months’ supervision and 80 hours of unpaid work.

See the news report in the Liverpool Echo.