Mum Takes £125,000 From Daughter’s Disability Benefits For Bingo

Mum Takes £125,000 From Daughter’s Disability Benefits For Bingo

Written by: ava carson on 19/06/2013 17:10

Julie Smith, 46 spent her disabled daughter’s benefits to splurge on bingo and weekends away. Daughter Haley 25 has cerebral palsy leaving her with no ability to walk or talk. From 2006 to 2012 the mother spent £125,000.

Smith said: 'I am a gambling addict. Caring for Hayley is full-on and I needed and escape. you want to switch off.

'But I'm not a bad parent. I love Hayley, she is my world. She's never gone without.'

Smith added: 'They wanted receipts and I didn't have them. I don't think Hayley knows what has gone on. I haven't much of a family - about half don't know about it. The money didn't just go on me, it went on the whole family.

'It didn't go on holidays or luxuries like that. I smoke 20 to 30-a-day and I hardly drink or go out. But I admit I did wrong and I want to say sorry to social services for that. The money was there and I got into a habit.'

She puts most of the blame on online bingo sites for her addiction claiming 'It's too easy to get sucked in.’
udge Patrick Thomas told her: 'The figures here are enormous. The plain position is that you received money intended for the benefit of your daughter.

'You spent it in ludicrous ways, sometimes on internet gambling and also on luxuries you appreciated far more than your daughter did, as if the money was part of your own state benefit.

'You plainly knew what you were doing.The principle concern of the court must be for your daughter.'

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