Grandmother illegally claimed more benefits

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A grandmother with a history of benefit fraud who again claimed cash from the public purse while she worked has escaped being sent to prison.

Louise Sedoskie, a widow, was employed at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Home Bargains while illegally claiming benefits.

Sedoskie, 42, of Clarendon Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to three offences of dishonestly failing to notify a change in circumstances.

She had a previous similar conviction from 2010. She then ended up in prison after falling behind on payments to pay back all the £29,000 benefits she had illegally claimed, after a proceeds of crime order to repay was made against her.

Sedoskie wept in the dock as she was sentenced to 24 weeks jail suspended for two years, put on 12 months supervision and ordered to pay £85 costs with £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, David Jesson, told her: “There is a feeling you did not learn from your previous course of action.”

Rachel Parker, prosecuting, said between June 2012 and December 2013 Sedoskie illegally claimed £1,948 in Job Seekers’ Allowance and housing benefit. When interviewed by benefit fraud investigators she said she had again acted dishonestly because she had debts.

Daniel Harman, defending, said in 2010 his client’s husband died of a brain haemorrhage. The same year she was convicted of benefit fraud and given a suspended prison sentence.

She was ordered to pay back the £29,000 she had illegally claimed in benefits when a proceeds of crime order was made against her. She paid £20,000 of the debt off, but then fell behind.

on payments and was sent to prison. While in jail her home was repossessed.