Fraudsters claim benefit for rotting corpse.

Posted: June 14, 2011 in Law & Disorder

There’s benefit fraudsters then there’s benefit fraudsters

You get the bloke claiming benefits when working then there’s the woman who claims she lives alone when she has a working live in boyfriend but now we have fraudster who left her mother’s body to rot whilst still claiming benefits for her.

IlieAn actress left her elderly mother’s body for up to six months in the bedroom of the home they shared while pocketing her pension.

Worried neighbours had reported not seeing 95-year-old Olive Maddock for months. Thank goodness for the curtain twitchers.

Police were eventually called and smashed their way into her room in a semi-detached house shared by the three women in Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside, last August where they found her remains laying on the floor.

Yesterday Hazel Maddock, 61, an actress and her 35-year-old artist daughter, Jasmine, both admitted preventing the pensioner having a lawful burial.

Hazel Maddock also admitted fraud after it emerged she had claimed her mother’s state pension and pension credit following her death.

Experts were unable to establish a cause of death because of the state of her body, but a post-mortem examination concluded Mrs Maddock had been dead for between two and six months.

The pair had been due to stand trial accused of keeping her death a secret, but yesterday both pleaded guilty to the unlawful prevention of her burial.

Hazel Maddock also admitted dishonestly making a false representation that her mother was still alive and entitled to receive benefits between July 6 and August 6.

The lie enabled her to obtain one payment of her dead mother’s state pension of £176.92 and a single payment of pension credit of £34.44.

Leaving her mum to rot for a couple of hundred pounds, the country’s going mad.


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