Sankey woman continued to claim benefits more than a year after stroke victim husband moved out

Warrington Guardian: Carol Owen outside court Carol Owen outside court

A STROKE survivor said he is disgusted to the ‘pit of his stomach’ his wife continued to claim carer benefits for more than a year after he moved out of the marital home.

John Owen suffered a stroke almost three years to the day his soon to be ex-wife Carol, of Birdwell Drive, Great Sankey, appeared in court charged with fraud.

Halton Magistrates heard on Monday, Carol Owen did not tell the council her husband had moved out and continued to sign hers and her mother’s signature to claim more than £7,000 towards caring for Mr Owen between April 2012 and November 2013.

Speaking outside of court, Mr Owen said he was ‘shocked at his wife’s stupidity’ after more than 20 years of marriage.

The 62-year-old director of the North West Museum of Road Transport in St Helens, added: “I was outraged when I found out she had continued to claim.

“Initially she cared for me but then she increasingly tried to take advantage of the system.

“She wanted to get as much money in her account from as many benefits she could and went to the carers centre for advice.

“I thought her plan was odious and told her I didn’t want to be under the same roof as her.

“I’m disgusted to the pit of my stomach.”

Alison Warburton, prosecuting, said Carol Owen continued to submit time sheets after Mr Owen, who has suffered 20 per cent disability on his left side, had moved.

During police interview the 54-year-old said she had found it difficult to cope when Mr Owen left and was too embarrassed to tell anybody.

She claimed cash had been spent on bills and the mortgage but she still had £2,000 which she could pay back.

Peter Green, defending, said: “Clearly this was not sophisticated offending and her behaviour would have come to light sooner rather than later.”

Magistrates ordered her to complete 150 hours unpaid work within the next 12 months and pay back £2,500 with £2,000 due to be paid within 28 days.

Mr Owen, who claims Carol Owen spends most of her time in Malta, added: “She has made a fool of the courts.

“She omitted to mention that the marital home is up for sale and that she can expect a proportion of any sale profit.

“Noticeably she wasn't going to offer to pay any of that back.”

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11:28am Thu 1 May 14

Avoidthemainstream says...

Ok she carried on claiming the doe but this guy seems a bit harsh giving her all this crap seeing as she did care for him at one point. Maybe if she had not cared for him at all she wouldn't of been able to claim the allowance in the first place. Not exactly crime of the century is it, there's plenty worse criminals out there to make you feel sick.
Ok she carried on claiming the doe but this guy seems a bit harsh giving her all this crap seeing as she did care for him at one point. Maybe if she had not cared for him at all she wouldn't of been able to claim the allowance in the first place. Not exactly crime of the century is it, there's plenty worse criminals out there to make you feel sick. Avoidthemainstream
  • Score: -23

3:03pm Thu 1 May 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Avoidthemainstream wrote:
Ok she carried on claiming the doe but this guy seems a bit harsh giving her all this crap seeing as she did care for him at one point. Maybe if she had not cared for him at all she wouldn't of been able to claim the allowance in the first place. Not exactly crime of the century is it, there's plenty worse criminals out there to make you feel sick.
What a dumb comment, the fact she has robbed money straight out of the pockets of HONEST hard working tax payers is enough for me to want her Jailed. 150 hours for £4500 is an insult!
[quote][p][bold]Avoidthemainstream[/bold] wrote: Ok she carried on claiming the doe but this guy seems a bit harsh giving her all this crap seeing as she did care for him at one point. Maybe if she had not cared for him at all she wouldn't of been able to claim the allowance in the first place. Not exactly crime of the century is it, there's plenty worse criminals out there to make you feel sick.[/p][/quote]What a dumb comment, the fact she has robbed money straight out of the pockets of HONEST hard working tax payers is enough for me to want her Jailed. 150 hours for £4500 is an insult! GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 23

6:21pm Thu 1 May 14

WorkingMum66 says...

She has clearly claimed benefits that she is not entitled to at hardworking taxpayers expense. Absolute disgrace. .....and how can someone claim benefits whilst "spending most her her time in Malta"? However, glad to see greedy, hard faced people like this are being caught, punished and named and shamed - although agree 150 hours unpaid work doesn't do it for me either. Perhaps other liars will think twice before dipping into the public purse.
She has clearly claimed benefits that she is not entitled to at hardworking taxpayers expense. Absolute disgrace. .....and how can someone claim benefits whilst "spending most her her time in Malta"? However, glad to see greedy, hard faced people like this are being caught, punished and named and shamed - although agree 150 hours unpaid work doesn't do it for me either. Perhaps other liars will think twice before dipping into the public purse. WorkingMum66
  • Score: 24

10:09am Fri 2 May 14

WorkingMum66 says...

bet she will have to change her hairstyle and get some FREE nhs glasses to disguise herself! every shop she goes in now she will be recognised as the woman who cheated her soon to be ex "STROKE VICTIM" husband out of £7000 ! (HOPE HER SOON TO BE EX-HUSBAND GETS THE £7000 HE WAS ENTITLED TO BACK OUT OF THE HOUSE) which is up for sale ! if she can SELL IT !! "would you buy a house off this woman ????
bet she will have to change her hairstyle and get some FREE nhs glasses to disguise herself! every shop she goes in now she will be recognised as the woman who cheated her soon to be ex "STROKE VICTIM" husband out of £7000 ! (HOPE HER SOON TO BE EX-HUSBAND GETS THE £7000 HE WAS ENTITLED TO BACK OUT OF THE HOUSE) which is up for sale ! if she can SELL IT !! "would you buy a house off this woman ???? WorkingMum66
  • Score: 8

12:08pm Fri 2 May 14

trainspotting says...

There are two victims here. One is the state - she defrauded them of money. But this benefit is not carer's allowance; it is a different benefit paid to the carer so that the money could be spent on the disabled person to help with independent living. So she's also deprived a disabled person of the money. Not a very nice person.
There are two victims here. One is the state - she defrauded them of money. But this benefit is not carer's allowance; it is a different benefit paid to the carer so that the money could be spent on the disabled person to help with independent living. So she's also deprived a disabled person of the money. Not a very nice person. trainspotting
  • Score: 11

1:21pm Fri 2 May 14

Go Dive says...

I'm a British ex pat living in Malta. I know this woman. She hangs out at the posh Ramla Bay resort - she's a regular there with her boyfriend. She also drives around the island in her Mercedes with a personalized number plate. She's well known for splashing the cash around - never wears the same thing twice: Must have dressed like a bag lady for court to make the judges think she has no money. British justice is a soft touch apparently. Her neighbours in Warrington say she's got two cars parked on her driveway. It's alright for some.
I'm a British ex pat living in Malta. I know this woman. She hangs out at the posh Ramla Bay resort - she's a regular there with her boyfriend. She also drives around the island in her Mercedes with a personalized number plate. She's well known for splashing the cash around - never wears the same thing twice: Must have dressed like a bag lady for court to make the judges think she has no money. British justice is a soft touch apparently. Her neighbours in Warrington say she's got two cars parked on her driveway. It's alright for some. Go Dive
  • Score: 16

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