Entries by amtlawyers

Carer Steals Over £300k From 102-Year-Old Woman

A carer has been jailed for nine years for stealing more than £300,000 from a vulnerable 102-year-old woman and ordered to pay back the cash. Carer, Julie Sayles, 60, used her position to steal from Edith Negus. Sayles conned Negus after setting up a joint account with her as she knew the pensioner had saved […]

Former Council officer jailed for £100,000 benefit fraud

A former council officer has been jailed for three years for stealing over £100,000 in benefits. Sancho Jayaratnam, aged 58 from Bushey, was caught by police and Harrow Council committing multiple acts of fraud. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud by abuse of position . Jayaratnam, a former benefit assessor for the council, […]

Bill for benefit fraud soars to £3.8 billion

Over £70million was lost to fraudsters or wrongly paid out every week, an increase of £200m on the previous year. The Department for Work and Pensions admitted more than £2 of every £100 paid out in welfare is now a “mistake.” James Price, campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said, “We have to crack down […]

Unmarried mother to receive widows’ bereavement benefits, Supreme Court rules in landmark ruling

An unmarried mother has won a landmark Supreme Court case to access widowed parent’s allowance for her children after she was denied bereavement payments following her partner’s death. Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, was initially refused the benefit payments because she was not married to her partner, who died of cancer in January 2014. Campaigners have called this ruling “hugely important” […]

Landlord fined after failing to improve property

A landlord has been convicted after neglecting his property in Norwich. Measures were taken against Nicholas Ian Shaw, 47, by Cheshire West and Chester Council after complaints from a tenant. The flat was being rented by a family which included two young children under the age of five at the time. Mr Shaw was asked several […]

Divorce is granted to German woman in UK court

A German woman has been granted a divorce after bringing matrimonial proceedings to England after discovering her husband was having an affair. Catja Thum issued a divorce petition in England even though Oliver Thum had started separate proceedings in Germany. The couple, both in their 40s, were at the Court of Appeal in May this […]