Prison for mother who claimed benefits for six children that did not exist

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A “BRAZEN” mother has been jailed for a year for claiming more than £55,000 in benefits for six children who did not exist.

Angela Callaghan, 42, who has two children, claimed £42,925 in child tax credits as part of the £55,000 scam, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

She even charged other women £700 a time for teaching them how her scam worked so they too could fleece the system by adding fake twins to their claims.

In the court’s judgment it would be failing in its public duty if you did not receive an immediate custodial sentence

Judge David Aubrey QC

Callaghan, of Bootle, Merseyside, admitted five counts of benefit fraud.

Sarah Phelan, defending, asked for leniency because one of the genuine children has special needs and would have to be looked after by the other if she was jailed.

Judge David Aubrey QC told Callaghan: “In the court’s judgment it would be failing in its public duty if you did not receive an immediate custodial sentence.”

He called the fraud “flagrant and brazen”.

Two other defendants were sentenced earlier this month to suspended jail terms.

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