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National Lottery win turned couple into benefits cheats, says judge

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Brian and Wendy Rushin had lived "blameless lives" until they won the money in 2002 and became "misers".

They were so protective of their wealth that they saved it in an array of accounts and used it only once, to buy a new fridge.

Mr. Rushin, 74, and his wife, 72, also continued to claim housing and council tax benefits, taking thousands of pounds they were no longer entitled to over three years.

The pair were facing prison after admitting a string of fraud charges at Leicester Magistrates' Court.

But district judge John Stobart spared them jail after saying their "mean and nasty offense" highlighted the behavior the Lottery brought out in some winners.

"It turned you both into misers. You got a lot of money and kept that money, then kept dipping into the benefit pot," he said.

"This illustrates the meanest of spirits which will emerge in people who have lived otherwise blameless lives and have a sudden Lottery win."

The court heard how the Rushins hid their new-found wealth in several accounts immediately after winning it seven years ago.

They were finally caught when council officials checked their benefits claims and found money belonging to them in a range of undisclosed accounts.

Chris Wall, defending, said the couple had always "lived on the breadline" and did not think £72,000 pounds was enough to buy their council home.

"They did not have an affluent lifestyle, buy expensive cars or go on luxury holidays. The only thing they bought was a new refrigerator."

The court heard Mr. Rushin had started his working life on a wage of just £5 a week and had no experience of coping with such big sums.

A local council official actually helped the pensioner and his wife, of Wigston, Leics, to fill in their benefits forms after the win, claimed Mr. Wall.

He told the court: "The first application form was filled out by someone from the council. They had never any intention to scam the benefit system."

The Rushins admitted fraudulently receiving a total of £5,358.27 from Oadby and Wigston Borough Council between May 2005 to November 2008.

Mrs Rushin also pleaded guilty to a charge of dishonestly producing a document by failing to declare savings when filling in a claims form.

Judge Stobart fined each of them £2,000 for falsely claiming housing benefit and £2,000 for falsely claiming housing benefit.

Mrs Rushin was fined another £3,000 for the false document.

The court heard the couple, who have lived in the same modest council house since 1967, have since paid back every penny they falsely claimed.

Mr. Wall told the hearing: "Their overpayment — £5,358.27 between the two of them — is not a massive amount, and it has all been repaid."

Kalv Garcha, solicitor for the council, said he was "extremely pleased" with the outcome of the case.

"This shows we will not tolerate any kind of benefit fraud, no matter how big or small or whatever the circumstances," he added.

Telegraph

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Posted: April 27, 2009, 12:50 pm - IP Logged

It is soo sad that so many people are slaves of money. Money is only good if you spend it, not put it in a bank and watch it. Come to think of it, money is quite ugly to look at. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying men should waste money, just SPEND it wisely 

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    Posted: April 27, 2009, 1:15 pm - IP Logged

    Why Play !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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      Posted: April 27, 2009, 2:18 pm - IP Logged

      They only bought a refrigerator? Are you kidding me? Like dpoly said, "why play."

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        Posted: April 27, 2009, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

        That couple must have broke out in a cold sweat when they started counting out all that money for a fridge.

        MAGA

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          Posted: April 27, 2009, 3:39 pm - IP Logged

          That couple must have broke out in a cold sweat when they started counting out all that money for a fridge.

          ha ha ha lol, that was a good one

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            Posted: April 27, 2009, 5:34 pm - IP Logged

            That couple must have broke out in a cold sweat when they started counting out all that money for a fridge.

            LOL I know right. You win all that money and the only thing you buy is a fridge and you keep taking benefits from the government? Geez, they sound like very greedy people.

            "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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              Posted: April 27, 2009, 5:49 pm - IP Logged

              WOWNo Pity!THAT IS SO SAD.

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                Posted: April 27, 2009, 6:22 pm - IP Logged

                My heart really goes out to them. Why? Because all they know is penny pinching. I am happy that they won and continued with their extremely modest lifestyle. Getting a large amount of money at one time is very intimidating for anyone. The fact that they only purchased a new fridge is impressive to me. I am glad that they had the money to pay their fines and things. I wish them well. They are not bad or manipulative people.

                Anyone who has ever been completely on welfare and came off knows first hand that it is easy to get on welfare and pure hell to get off. Not because you don't want to give up the "free" money. But because the hassels you receive with your rent, health benefits, food stamps, AFDC, etc... You get a job now all of a sudden your rent goes through the roof, your health benefits are cancelled, your food stamps are reduced down to $25 or $60 a month and the AFDC is gone. All at one time.

                This couple have my sympathy and my prayers. I wish them nothing but the best along with excellent health.

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                  My heart really goes out to them. Why? Because all they know is penny pinching. I am happy that they won and continued with their extremely modest lifestyle. Getting a large amount of money at one time is very intimidating for anyone. The fact that they only purchased a new fridge is impressive to me. I am glad that they had the money to pay their fines and things. I wish them well. They are not bad or manipulative people.

                  Anyone who has ever been completely on welfare and came off knows first hand that it is easy to get on welfare and pure hell to get off. Not because you don't want to give up the "free" money. But because the hassels you receive with your rent, health benefits, food stamps, AFDC, etc... You get a job now all of a sudden your rent goes through the roof, your health benefits are cancelled, your food stamps are reduced down to $25 or $60 a month and the AFDC is gone. All at one time.

                  This couple have my sympathy and my prayers. I wish them nothing but the best along with excellent health.

                  I Agree!, this is a perfect case of you can't win for loosing. The more you make the more they take and next thing you know without proper management your right back where you started from so why leave is what they probably thought. Thank goodness the person that put it into accounts for them was no swindler.

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                    Posted: May 4, 2009, 3:06 am - IP Logged

                    well as it says in one of them ancient books "the love of money is the root off all evil". i think that this is a great example of that.

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                      Posted: May 7, 2009, 7:43 am - IP Logged

                      nah they bought the fridge off the back of a truck. if you know what i mean.

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                        Posted: May 11, 2009, 2:32 am - IP Logged

                        All UK Lottery prize money is tax free!

                         

                        You can play by subscription and online, but you must have a UK address and bank account!

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                          Money corrupts people.