Math-challenged welfare cheat would've made more by being honest2/2/2013
A 23-year-old alleged welfare cheat avoided jail and won't have to return the $4,950 she swindled because, well, she's an idiot. Brit Joanne Gibbons collected $107 a week in supplemental income — a benefit meant for the unemployed — even though she was working two jobs. A tipster alerted the Department for Work and Pensions, and Gibbons was hauled into court, where she learned that she could've claimed TWICE as much if she'd just been honest: she is entitled to $204 each week in tax credits and child benefits. "Her fraudulent behavior was in effect saving the Government money," Gibbons' lawyer said, before adding "It is the most ridiculous mitigation I have ever had to bring before a court." Apparently crime DOES pay. [Source]
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