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Woman defrauded taxpayers with 10 fictional children

by | 6th, March 2012

SARAH Jane Smith, 41, made up ten children to claim benefits. The Sun leads with the woman who “invented” ten children. Smith has two real children, and pretended they were disabled to earn child tax credits.

You can imagine the two children getting into character, each given five new personas and a limp. Mrs Smith also pretended she was disabled. In total, her acting and fiction writing skills earned her £42,000.

You might be outraged. The Sun wants you to be. Smith is the lead story in its Beat The Cheat campaign “to tackle benefit fraud which costs taxpayers £1.2billion a year”.

Smith, of Salford, was given a six-month jail term suspended for 18 months, plus 120 hours of community service.

She might yet be given a scholarship to RADA.

Everyone is in this together. You need to take out only what is rightfully yours and pay your dues in full.

In 1999, the BBC wrote:

Mr Murdoch’s main British holding company, Newscorp Investments, has paid

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