Facebook was fraudsters undoing.

Posted: January 20, 2013 in Law & Disorder

A mother-of-two was exposed as a benefits cheat after posting photos from her posh Cyprus wedding on Facebook.

Social networking in the workplaceNicola Derbyshire, 37, claimed Adam Heard, 41, was her landlord and lived in London but they were ‘sussed’ out after they posted pictures of their wedding and releasing doves after the beach ceremony on Facebook.
They were arrested shortly after returning to their home in Bury, Greater Manchester, and charged with defrauding the state by more than £30,000 after claiming jobseekers allowance and housing benefit between 2008 and 2012.

Fraud investigators had been monitoring both Derbyshire and Heard’s Facebook pages when they noticed loads of wedding snaps appearing.
The wedding took place last June and dozens of family and friends joined them.
Derbyshire updated her status on Facebook to married and wrote: ‘I love my man and my gorgeous two kids more than the world itself!!’ Oh how sweet, but a stupid thing to do if you’re a fraudster. She even posted a link to the Cypriot wedding company’s ‘MarryInCyprus’ website enabling investigators to probably work out how much the wedding cost.

Heard was given a 12-month community order with 100 hours unpaid work, ten sessions of community work and a 12-week curfew between 8pm and 5am. He was ordered to pay £491.50 towards costs, at a rate of £50 per month. What’s the point of a curfew other than to save him money he might spend on restaurants and in pubs.

Derbyshire was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for one year. Got off in other words. She was also ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and ten sessions of community work, and pay costs of £569.20.

Still £30,000 gained for £1,000 costs, RESULT!



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