Pay back time: Access to Work fraudsters ordered to repay

fraud couple

Two fraudsters who went on lavish holidays abroad after illegally claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds from Access to Work have been ordered to pay back the money.

Angela Poole and her partner George Taylor falsely claimed they had provided sign language services to the government scheme.

The couple were based in Derby when they made the claims from 2008-2013.

In 2015, Poole, 50, of Brookfields Drive, Breadsall who operated Angel Interpreting and BSL Talking Hands, was found guilty of fraud at Derby Crown Court and jailed for
four years.

At a proceeds of crime hearing recently she was ordered to pay back £409,425 within three months or her jail sentence would be increased by three years and six months.

Taylor, 57, formerly of Derby, who was also jailed for four years in 2015, was ordered to pay £5,999 within three months or have his sentence increased by six months.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: “A small number of criminals view our welfare system as free money there for the taking.

“These benefit thieves are cheating money out of hardworking taxpayers and stealing funds that should help the most vulnerable.

“People who commit organised fraud try to turn the welfare system into a money-making industry and our investigators are working closely with the police to bring these criminals to justice.”