Hairdresser Jailed for Tax credit Fraud

Inland Revenue Prosecutions
Friday 18 February 2007 16:55

Inland Revenue Prosecutions (National)

Joanne Welsh, a 32 year old mother of two, was today sentenced to 5 months imprisonment at South Tyneside Magistrates Court after admitting to falsely claiming nearly £26,000 in tax credits.

Welsh, a hairdresser, of Hexham Avenue, Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, made claims to Working Families’ Tax Credit and Tax Credits by declaring herself a single parent family when in fact she was living with her Husband Trevor Welsh.

Welsh, pleaded guilty to 4 charges of False Accounting and two charges of fraud. She was sentenced to 5 months imprisonment on each charge, to run concurrently.

From April 2001 to April 2004 she also claimed as being a single parent and for childcare costs that she had not incurred.

An Inland Revenue spokesman said:

“Declaring false circumstances, in order to receive an amount of tax credits that is not due, is fraud. Tax credit fraud can result in prosecution and a criminal record.”

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