Enfield woman claimed more than £50,000 in housing benefits gets suspended prison sentence

This Is Local London: Emma Bucknor-Smartt, 43 Emma Bucknor-Smartt, 43

A fraudster who claimed more than £50,000 in housing benefits has been given a nine-month suspended prison sentence.

Emma Bucknor-Smartt of Enstone Road, Brimsdown, was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court to do 200 hours of community service.

The 43-year-old had pleaded guilty to claiming £52,783 in housing benefit and £4,763 in council tax benefit.

Bucknor-Smartt began falsely claiming housing and council tax benefits in November 2005. She claimed she was unemployed lone parent, but the Brimsdown woman was actually working full time and owner a property under her married name.

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1:52pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Andy_Pagin says...

So in exchange for stealing £57,546 she has to do 200 hours work, I make that a rate of about £287.73 per hour (tax free). I bet she celebrated with a bottle of good Champagne after hearing that verdict!
So in exchange for stealing £57,546 she has to do 200 hours work, I make that a rate of about £287.73 per hour (tax free). I bet she celebrated with a bottle of good Champagne after hearing that verdict! Andy_Pagin

12:30pm Mon 16 Dec 13

long67 says...

Is this person going to have her house sold so she can repay us all.
Is this person going to have her house sold so she can repay us all. long67

8:56pm Mon 16 Dec 13

parliamentfatcat says...

Is she an mp?
Is she an mp? parliamentfatcat

7:22am Tue 17 Dec 13

long67 says...

Who knows, the authorities say they are clamping down on benefit fraudsters ,but this person seems to have gotten away with it. Welcome to soft touch UK!
Who knows, the authorities say they are clamping down on benefit fraudsters ,but this person seems to have gotten away with it. Welcome to soft touch UK! long67

6:21pm Tue 17 Dec 13

long67 says...

Judging by the recent comments in the press she could be one of the lords claiming £300 a day just for signing on.
Judging by the recent comments in the press she could be one of the lords claiming £300 a day just for signing on. long67

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