A grandmother ‘grossly exaggerated’ her disabilities to falsely claim more than £1 million in benefits over 15 years, a court has heard.
Christina Pomfrey, 65, lied she was totally blind and wheelchair-bound, but surveillance by investigators showed her driving, going for a walk unaided while reading a newspaper and collecting her grandchildren from school.
When confronted with the evidence, she said she was relieved to be finally caught and claimed she had given the money away to charity and those in need.
Investigations into her case revealed that she was never blind, neither was she paralyzed as she claims.
Tapes played to the full glare of the authorities saw Christina reading newspapers, driving, taking a walk in the part, picking her grandchildren from school all by herself without any external help from anyone around her.
Her husband, John Pomfrey said that Christina’s fraudulent activities were new to him because he had no idea of what she has been accused of. John is very disappointed in his wife and has threatened he will never forgive her for such shame.
She has pleaded guilty to all charges leveled against her as she claims she is happy she has been caught. Telling how she used the money, she said that she used some for charity and spent the rest on vacations and cosmetic treatment.
Judge Sophie McKone sentenced her to jail saying:
“You grossly exaggerated your disabilities in pretending you were completely blind and that your multiple sclerosis was of such severity that you required significant and costly care.
“This was money to which you were not entitled. Over 15 years, you stole £1 million from your fellow citizens. Money which would have gone to people who justly deserved it, money that could have gone to schools and hospitals.”