Jail For Tredegar Benefit Cheat Family
13 October 2014, 16:17
A family from Tredegar has been jailed for cheating more than 90 thousand pounds from the benefits system.
Alison and Jason Parfitt - along with their daughter Gemma - lied to authorities saying they were all living on their own.
Cardiff Crown Court heard they were wrongly paid out for things like income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit.
Alison and Jason Parfitt were given money as single people after telling authorities their marriage had broken down.
Their daughter - 28 year old Gemma Parfitt - also falsely claimed benefits for living alone - when really she was living with her boyfriend.
Son Stuart Parfitt also received benefits, pretending to be single when really he wasn't.
An investigation by the Department for Work and Pensions saw three homes owned by the Parfitt family searched.
Joint bills, Christmas and birthday cards as well as dirty washing showed each of them was living with a partner.
Judge Jonathan Furness sentenced mum Alison Parfitt to 8 months in jail and told her she'd serve half of that.
Dad Jason was given 7 months behind bars along with Gemma who is pregnant with her second child.
Stuart Parfitt was given a suspended sentence while Gemma's boyfriend Wayne Rees was given a community order.