A former-businesswoman who claimed greater than £80,000 in advantages after falsely saying she was a single mom has lastly been jailed when she jetted off to Tenerife after being ordered to do group service.
Mom-of-two, Nicola Alcock, 41, was arrested after she landed again within the UK, a number of weeks in the past.
Alcock claimed she had gone to the Spanish island to lift some cash after a proceeds of crime listening to, Preston Crown Court docket was advised.
Mom-of-two, Nicola Alcock, 41, was arrested after she landed again within the UK, a number of weeks in the past
Alcock (pictured together with her husband) admitted profit fraud fees between December 15, 2008 and and April 21, 2015, and was sentenced to eight months in jail, suspended for 2 years, with 150 hours unpaid work
The previous criminology scholar was given the 4 month sentence by Choose Andrew Woolman on Monday after breaching the suspended jail time period she had been given at Burnley Crown Court docket in January final yr.
Alcock admitted profit fraud fees between December 15, 2008 and and April 21, 2015, and was sentenced to eight months in jail, suspended for 2 years, with 150 hours unpaid work.
Alcock was already serving 91 days in custody in default, after an earlier proceeds of crime listening to. She’s going to serve the sentences concurrently.
And she or he had claimed to a court docket she was jobless and broke when she obtained a rushing superb reduce from £220 to £40 in February final yr, simply weeks after being handed the suspended sentence.
In January final yr, Burnley Crown Court docket was advised how Alcock claimed youngster tax credit and housing profit over a 5 yr interval after telling the authorities she was dwelling alone together with her two kids.
However her lies had been unmasked after Alcock marketed her providers on the Barking Mad canine sitting service – and wrote about her comfortable marriage and household life.
Her lies had been unmasked after Alcock marketed her providers on the Barking Mad canine sitting service – and wrote about her comfortable marriage and household life
An investigation revealed she married trucker Gerard Thornton (pictured collectively left) in 2008 however failed to say the marriage to the authorities
Division for Work and Pensions (DWP) officers had been alerted to the organisation’s web site on which Alcock posed in a Barking Mad polo shirt and spoke about her comfortable household life at dwelling in Earby, Lancashire with husband Gerard Thornton.
In her promotional blurb she wrote: ‘I’m proud to be the Barking Mad consultant in Keighley and surrounding areas. I dwell in Earby with my husband Gez and a couple of kids.
‘In order you’ll be able to see not solely am I animal mad however being Barking Mad helps too!’
An investigation revealed she married trucker Mr Thornton in 2008 however failed to say the marriage to the authorities.
Regardless of being confronted with the proof she continued to disclaim being married and solely confessed when she was proven her marriage certificates.
Calculations revealed she was overpaid tax credit totalling £58,721.91 and housing profit within the sum of £22,856.29. The full overpayment was £81,578.20.
Julian Goode, prosecuting, stated Alcock initially made a official declare for tax credit on January 17, 2006, on the idea she was single, with dependent kids.
She additionally made an software for housing profit, on October 3, 2008.
Alcock’s profile on the web site describes her as a fortunately married, family-orientated Barking Mad consultant
However Mr Goode added: ‘Issues altered on 13 December, 2008 when she married Gerard Thornton and thereafter maintained a standard family with him.
‘The change in circumstances would have affected her entitlement to advantages and he or she did not notify the authorities.’
DWP investigators uncovered numerous paperwork confirming Alcock and Mr Thornton had been dwelling collectively together with a Nationwide Constructing Society private mortgage, financial institution and insurance coverage paperwork.
Mr Goode stated: ‘She initially stated the connection began in 2009.
‘After all, we all know the wedding was in 2008. She stated Mr Thornton solely stayed over if her daughter was at her father’s home.
‘She was later proven her marriage certificates and accepted she had been dishonest.’
In mitigation defence lawyer Richard Dawson stated Alcock was at present out of labor, including: ‘That is primarily as a result of she did not need to take up employment solely to lose her liberty and go away. She is eager to rejoin the workforce and acquire stability in her life.’
The court docket heard Alcock was being handled for melancholy however had led an ‘trustworthy life’.
Sentencing on the time, Choose Mr Recorder Simon Hilton advised her: ‘There is no such thing as a doubt that this behaviour is of a gravity which crosses the custody threshold. A suspended sentence order is justified however the gravity of the offences.
‘All the pieces I’ve examine you suggests this behaviour is out of character for you and, extra importantly, is wholly unlikely to be repeated sooner or later.’