Friday, 15 June 2012

Holywell Town councillor jailed for claiming dead wife's benefits

Shamed town councillor Michael Mills has been jailed for nine weeks today after a court heard how he continued to claim his wife’s benefits after she died.

The retired miner carried on as normal and went to the Post Office every week to collect both his benefits and those of his dead wife. He used her pension card 110 times.

Mills got away with £21,357 but was caught thanks to an anonymous tip-off to DWP officials.

He admitted fraud charges and Flintshire magistrates, sitting at Mold, said they were extremely serious offences. He had defrauded the public purse out of a considerable amount of money when on his own admission he knew it was wrong.

Mills, 64, at the time a member of Holywell town council, had been in a 'zombie-type state' after making the traumatic decision to turn his wife’s life-support machine off. He could not come to terms with her death after a 44-year marriage, the court was told.

My comment: Funny how some MPs and councillors get away with defrauding the taxpayer but other go to jail.

Read the full story from the source Wales on Line

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