Newport pensioner jailed for 40k benefit fraud

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A NEWPORT pensioner was jailed for four months for falsely claiming more than £41,000 in benefits.

Gwyn Kemp-Philp, 69, of Sandpiper Way, Newport, appeared in Cardiff Crown Court before Judge Stephen Hopkins after previously pleading guilty to 10 counts of dishonestly making false representation with a view to obtain benefits over an eight-year period.

The charges consisted of four of dishonestly making a false statement or representation and six of failing to disclose a change in circumstances which would affect benefit entitlement.

Between 2005 and 2013 he falsely claimed £41,162.56.

Christian Jowell, prosecuting, told the court the claims included council tax, pension credit, housing and incapacity benefit.

Mr Jowell said since the 1980s, Kemp-Philp and his wife had owned nine different UK bank accounts, as well as a French bank account, but declared only one on the application forms for the benefits.

He told the court Kemp-Philp began receiving incapacity benefit in 1993, and in 2005 submitted applications for housing, council tax and pension credit benefits, before submitting a further two for housing and council tax in June 2006.

However, he was not entitled to the benefits for several reasons, including the fact he had owned land in France since the early 2000s, which he had not declared, and when he sold the land for £19,020 he did not declare the income. The court heard in June 2005 he started working for a scaffolding company, which again he did not declare. The court also heard he took out a £25,000 loan from Lloyds TSB in 2007, and gained £13,000 from the sale of a property at the Lighthouse Park Estate, both of which he failed to declare. Mr Jowell said Kemp-Philp was interviewed on three occasions in 2012 and gave ‘several excuses’ for his failure to alert the authorities to his change in circumstances. He said he used the money from the sale of the property to pay back debts; that he thought the land in France was ‘worthless’ and he did not declare his employment as the work was only ‘occasional’. In mitigation, Simon Goodman said Kemp-Philp suffered ill health, had no previous convictions and reminded the court that his client was entitled to some, but not all, of the benefits.

Judge Stephen Hopkins told Kemp-Philp: “For almost eight years you repeatedly committed this fraud of public funds, offences in which you intentionally deceived.

Kemp-Philp and his wife have so far paid back just over £6,000.

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9:10pm Sat 7 Jun 14

displayed says...

Mr Jowell said Kemp-Philp was interviewed on three occasions in 2012 and gave ‘several excuses’ for his failure to alert the authorities to his change in circumstances. He said he used the money from the sale of the property to pay back debts; that he thought the land in France was ‘worthless’ and he did not declare his employment as the work was only ‘occasional’.

So he squared it up, and was on the level.

NCH must be absolutely gutted!
Mr Jowell said Kemp-Philp was interviewed on three occasions in 2012 and gave ‘several excuses’ for his failure to alert the authorities to his change in circumstances. He said he used the money from the sale of the property to pay back debts; that he thought the land in France was ‘worthless’ and he did not declare his employment as the work was only ‘occasional’. So he squared it up, and was on the level. NCH must be absolutely gutted! displayed
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6:43am Sun 8 Jun 14

Woodgnome says...

Where does this idiot think the money came from- he has stolen from all who pay taxes?
Where does this idiot think the money came from- he has stolen from all who pay taxes? Woodgnome
  • Score: 12

7:47am Sun 8 Jun 14

displayed says...

It was at board level as well............
It was at board level as well............ displayed
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7:57am Sun 8 Jun 14

scraptheWAG says...

everyday now there is a story on incapacity benefit is there anyone on this who actually ill
everyday now there is a story on incapacity benefit is there anyone on this who actually ill scraptheWAG
  • Score: 4

9:38am Sun 8 Jun 14

Gasguy says...

I'm pleased that these people are eventually getting caught, especially as some of them have been effectively stealing from us for decades. I'm sick of working in houses listening to some people harp on about how tough their life is when it's quite obvious they are too lazy to go out and do a decent days hard work.
I'm pleased that these people are eventually getting caught, especially as some of them have been effectively stealing from us for decades. I'm sick of working in houses listening to some people harp on about how tough their life is when it's quite obvious they are too lazy to go out and do a decent days hard work. Gasguy
  • Score: 13

3:45pm Sun 8 Jun 14

cath 872 says...

Greedy, greedy people. I suffer from depression, yet I still have to get up every day to go to work. When these type of people get to court all we here are lame excuses.
Greedy, greedy people. I suffer from depression, yet I still have to get up every day to go to work. When these type of people get to court all we here are lame excuses. cath 872
  • Score: 12

7:27pm Sun 8 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

and if he had been a politician ?. Just a friendly little chat in his ear and no more said.
and if he had been a politician ?. Just a friendly little chat in his ear and no more said. jimmysmith
  • Score: 6

9:33pm Sun 8 Jun 14

richie55 says...

Benefit cheat cases appear in the Argus and other media almost on a daily basis and this is the first case I have come across where the thief....because that is what he is. has actually been sent to prison. Three cheers to the judge in this case.
Benefit cheat cases appear in the Argus and other media almost on a daily basis and this is the first case I have come across where the thief....because that is what he is. has actually been sent to prison. Three cheers to the judge in this case. richie55
  • Score: 3

2:09pm Mon 9 Jun 14

MrBenggo says...

I was reading last week of a former tv. personality dishonestly claiming nigh on £150,000,and yet did not get banged up,whilst I am in no way condoning Gwyn Kemp Philip,lets have a level playing field as far as sentencing goes.
I was reading last week of a former tv. personality dishonestly claiming nigh on £150,000,and yet did not get banged up,whilst I am in no way condoning Gwyn Kemp Philip,lets have a level playing field as far as sentencing goes. MrBenggo
  • Score: 6

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