Retired nanny becomes Britain's oldest community service worker over £18k benefit fraud (From The Northern Echo)
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Retired Eaglescliffe nanny is Britain's oldest community service worker after £18k benefit fraud
COMING to a shop near you: Britain's oldest community service worker - grey-haired gran Glynne Evans.
The 71-year-old dodged jail yesterday (Thursday, September 26) for an £18,000 fraud but was given 100 hours of unpaid work to do.
Instead of being part of a ditch-clearing gang, she is likely to be given a job in a hospice or charity shop.
A Probation Service source said: "We've never had one quite so old, but I'm sure we'll find something suitable."
Retired nanny Evans pocketed benefits by claiming she lived alone - when she shared a house with her partner.
In an interview with a probation worker, she seemed to regard it as a victimless crime committed by accident.
But Judge Howard Crowson told her: "There is £18,000 missing as a result. This can't be brushed under the carpet.
"It seems you are someone who is public-spirited and you can pay off your debt to society by working for it."
Peter Wishlade, mitigating, told Teesside Crown Court that Evans looked after her 93-year-old neighbour.
"She might be 71, but she's a fit 71," said Mr Wishlade, who suggested a curfew if it meant avoiding prison.
Judge Crowson said: "I'm not sure it will be a great punishment, having to stay in her home in the winter."
Evans, of Croft Road, Eaglescliffe, near Stockton, admitted fraud by false representation at an earlier hearing.
The court heard how she made bogus claims for pension credits between 2006 and 2012 as a single person.
Prosecutor David Comb said evidence was gathered to show she had been living with her partner since 1997.
Mr Wishlade said the claims were made "at a time of great stress" and said the benefits system was "complex".
Since her arrest last year, Evans has been repaying £150 a month from her private and state pensions.
Judge Crowson said: "I am asked to consider this as a victimless crime, committed by someone by accident.
"It's £18,000. Do you think the public think that's a drop in the ocean? I'm pleased to see it's being repaid."