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I see the trial of this pair of slippery criminals has closed, as the judge gives them bail while ‘reports’ are compiled. 

Shashi Bacheta, 52, had claimed she was so ill she had trouble getting out of bed, but investigators said she would go scuba diving. At various times between October 2002 and January 2008 she also claimed housing benefit, council tax relief, income support and disability living allowances.

Her ‘partner’ Jeffrey Cole, 58, admitted four  benefit fraud charges worth some £12,000.

The thing which puzzles me is that these payments were made over a six-year period. Why weren’t there any checks made on either of this unlovely pair of bottom-feeders. Will there now be an investigation into how they managed to get all this money without any enquiries being made at all?  Doubt it!

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  1. The thing which puzzles me is that these payments were made over a six-year period. Why weren’t there any checks made on either of this unlovely pair of bottom-feeders. Will there now be an investigation into how they managed to get all this money without any enquiries being made at all? Doubt it!

    From the article

    Shashi Bacheta, 52, had claimed she was so ill she had trouble getting out of bed, but investigators said she would go scuba diving.

    Fraud investigators said they were both members of the Swansea Yacht Club and would regularly holiday abroad.

    The investigators, working for Swansea council and the Department of Work and Pensions, came across photographs of them on board Cole’s yacht Kismet in Gran Canaria.

    Speaking after the hearing Tal Davies, investigations manager at Swansea council, said it had been "a detailed and dedicated" investigation.

    "The guilty pleas from both defendants are a credit to the teamwork and professionalism of investigators locally and specialised teams in Cardiff.

  2. This type of thing happens in the US too, where fraudulent liability or Workers Compensation ( employment ) claims are made.

    There are companies that specialize in surveillance of such individuals, but you never catch them all.

    I remember hearing of one man who was supposedly 100% disabled from work but who was found playing basketball four nights a week

    and the 100% disabled NY cop who took his ongoing benefit, moved to Florida, and got a job…as a police officer.

    There is unfortunately a lot of fraud out there and a lot of aiding and abetting of it

  3. What always puzzles me when this sort of story breaks is HOW these people actually got DLA?
    I have applied several times and been unsuccesful.
    Contrary to popular belief it is now very difficult to get DLA.
    At my last appeal hearing one of the panel told me afterwards that now only applicants who are completely bedridden for more than 20 hours per day qualify.
    That is b*llocks off course as a blind person can qualify.
    The benefits system is a lottery that only those who know how to ‘play the game’ take advantage off.
    Those (like myself) who actually need benefits in order to live are cast aside in preference to parasites like those in the post.

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