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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Woman is Cleared of Benefit Fraud After Proving She Spent Inheritance on Cats

Images-1A court recently ruled that Marlene Howes was not guilty of benefit fraud.  She was accused of concealing her inheritance from the Department for Work and Pensions so that she could continue to claim and receive pension credits for seven years.  

She argued that it never even occurred to her that she needed to declare the money.  After her mother died, she left the money in trust for her 14 Persian cats and few kittens so that they could have the best of everything.  

Mrs. Howes was able to present bank records whoing that she did indeed only spend the inheritance on the cats, so the District Judge found the defendant credible, accepting that she did not think she was being dishonest. 

See Woman Who Spent  £50,000 on Cats Cleared of Benefit Fraud, The Telegraph, Oct. 9, 2012. 

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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