Granny benefit cheat will see her house repossessed by Croydon Council

Theresa Aldous's council house is going to be repossessed

Theresa Aldous's council house is going to be repossessed

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A jailed grandmother who fiddled more than £42,000 in benefits will have her council house taken away from her.

At a hearing at Croydon Crown Court a district judge gave Croydon Council the go ahead to repossess Theresa Aldous’s home in Godstone Road, Kenley.

She has also been ordered to pay back £8,673.65 rent arrears.

Aldous was sentenced to six months in prison in April 2012 after lying to the authorities to claim widow’s benefit and housing benefit on a council house in which she no longer lived.

Council investigators found Aldous had inherited £19,000 from her late husband and given it to her family.

This is despite her being told she owed the council and the Department for Work and Pensions for benefits she had falsely claimed.

In September 2012, a judge issued a confiscation order for the same amount following an investigation into her finances under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

She was sent back to prison for nine months on January 14 for failing to pay back the money.

 

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9:46pm Tue 28 Jan 14

has to be done says...

Good this family have 4 council houses all unoccupied and are and have been part of benefit fraud crew for years and caused other neighbours hell. The council are very much well aware but choose to turn a blind eye.
Good this family have 4 council houses all unoccupied and are and have been part of benefit fraud crew for years and caused other neighbours hell. The council are very much well aware but choose to turn a blind eye. has to be done
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