Lisa Lay, 47, a former civil servant, failed to disclose her husband’s income on her tax credits claims between 2003 and 2011, telling HM Revenue and Customs officers that she had been separated from her husband since 1998.
When arrested in November 2011, Lay said she was separated from her husband and that he had been living with her parents and parents-in-law. She said she had never actually told her family that she and her husband were no longer a couple.
HMRC exposed her lies, getting evidence including photos of family holidays _that proved they had been together throughout her claim, living at three addresses in Sunningdale and Ascot, Berkshire.
This was fraudulent from the outset. These benefits were not being used for necessities; benefits are there for people who need them and not for going on holiday. People who choose to defraud the benefit system must be marked by an immediate custodial sentence
Video. After months of protests by campaigners against cuts at one of our hospitals, the Health Secretary and West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt has ordered a review of the plans.
NHS bosses announced the closure of the minor injuries unit, birth centre and stroke ward at Heatherwood Hospital in Berkshire earlier this year. From Ascot, Mel Bloor reports.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered an independent review of cuts to services at Ascot's Heatherwood Hospital.
A review panel will examine a decision to close the minor injury unit, birthing unit and rehabilitation ward.
Mr Hunt will meet with Windsor MP Adam Afriyie at Westminster today.
Strong protests from the council, health staff and local residents saw 3,000 people sign a petition against the the proposal.
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Three women were attacked by two couples on a Waterloo-bound train following Ascot races.
The women used foul and abusive language towards the two couples- two men and two women.
The abuse continued on Richmond train station where the three women tried to attack the group of four before running away.
British Transport Police are continuing their investigation after receiving CCTV footage of the three women they want to speak to about the incident on Friday, June 21.
PC Neil Allison said: "This is a particularly violent and aggressive attack on two couples who had not done anything to provoke it.
"This is believed to be a very busy train service, with many of the passengers returning from a day at Ascot races. I am sure that other passengers on the train and at Richmond station may have information key to our investigation."
Video. It was ladies' day At Royal Ascot. And what on earth were the ladies wearing? Chris Maughan reports.