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Cite as:  EWCA Crim 979
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"I am sentencing you on the basis of your written basis of plea which shows that the overpayments totalled a little over £36,000. This amount over a period of four-and-a-half years equates to a sum of about £155 per week. In my judgment, this is not a small sum of money.
You made false representation on five occasions. You received the overpayments over a substantial period of four-and-a-half years. The dishonest abstraction of tax payer's money is something which is not to be treated lightly. I take into account the fact that initially you were legitimately entitled to these benefits, and that your circumstances only changed when you obtained employment with Travelex."
Later at page 4 of the transcript the judge said:
"Your counsel has asked me to take into account the possibility that if you had been honest and made an application to the Inland Revenue, it is possible that you may have received tax credits, which, if granted, would have amounted to about £19,000.
However, the whole point is that you are being sentenced for being dishonesty, and I consider it inappropriate to take into account what you might have received if you had been honest. In any event, you received letters in connection with your housing benefit which informed you that you may be entitled to claim tax credit and it was open to you to do so. I am therefore, not persuaded that this is a matter on which I can properly place much, if any, weight."