Expense fraud ex-JP faces prison

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A FORMER magistrate — who has pleaded guilty to claiming £22,000 in expenses he was not entitled to — has been warned he could face jail.

Carlton Janson admitted two offences of obtaining property by deception and two of fraud regarding claims for loss of earnings and mileage to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Services The 69-year-old, of Bradford Park Drive, The Haulgh, has been warned he now faces a possible prison sentence after pleading guilty to four charges.

Janson committed the fraud between January, 2006 and October, 2011.

His barrister, Andrew Nuttall, asked for the case to be adjourned so a pre-sentence report could be compiled by the probation service.

Janson was remanded on unconditional bail for sentencing at Burnley Crown Court on February 18.

Judge Anthony Russell QC told him: "This is a case where all sentencing options, including custody, will be open to the court. It is a serious matter.

"When I have all the information before me I will take what I consider the appropriate decision".

Janson has been sitting at Bolton Magistrates’ Court since 2000.

But a spokesman from the Judicial Office said Janson has not sat as a magistrate since November, last year.

All magistrates sit in adult criminal courts as panels of three, mixed in gender, age and ethnicity whenever possible to bring a broad experience of life to the bench.

Each magistrate should sit for at least 26 half-days each year. They are unpaid, but can claim expenses and for loss of earnings.

Magistrates deal with more than 95 per cent of all criminal cases.

The Lord Chancellor appoints magistrates on the advice of local advisory committees. When applying to become a magistrate an application form must be filled in, references are taken up and at least one, usually two interviews are held before a decision is made.

Janson has sat on cases which have attracted media attention, most notably he was chairman of the bench for the case of Jake Preston, a benefit cheat who claimed he could not walk but was secretly filmed throwing his motorbike around while racing to victory in a British motocross championship competition.

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12:25pm Tue 29 Jan 13

BWFC1988 says...

He'll never see the inside of a prison cell. Different rules for them lot, remember?!
He'll never see the inside of a prison cell. Different rules for them lot, remember?! BWFC1988
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2:14pm Tue 29 Jan 13

macauley says...

BWFC1988 wrote:
He'll never see the inside of a prison cell. Different rules for them lot, remember?!
your correct the never do.
[quote][p][bold]BWFC1988[/bold] wrote: He'll never see the inside of a prison cell. Different rules for them lot, remember?![/p][/quote]your correct the never do. macauley
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2:26pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Citizen Cane says...

Neither did disability fraudster Jake Preston : £15k fraud, slap on wrist, just pay it back lad, you'll be fine.

Why should Janson be treated more harshly?

The criminal justice system is a joke.
Neither did disability fraudster Jake Preston : £15k fraud, slap on wrist, just pay it back lad, you'll be fine. Why should Janson be treated more harshly? The criminal justice system is a joke. Citizen Cane
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5:14pm Tue 29 Jan 13

bwfc54321 says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
Neither did disability fraudster Jake Preston : £15k fraud, slap on wrist, just pay it back lad, you'll be fine.

Why should Janson be treated more harshly?

The criminal justice system is a joke.
Correct, why should he be treated more harshley than any other person??

He has claimed £22k which is a lot of money in 6 years!!!!

It doesnt state anything on here by this "reporter" as to WHAT was he claiming prior to 2006???
It states that Janson has been a JP since 2000?? If he has always claimed the same amount every week/month or however they do it then surely the court he was a JP at, is as much to blame?? Surely they must of looked into his expenses claims prior to 2006?? To be fair to this guy, he has obviously claimed this money but has he done it knowing he wasnt allowed it or have the courts messed up with allowing this to happen for last 6/7 years...maybe longer, maybe since 2000 when he started????
That needs to be looked at before they go handing prison sentences out!!
Typical Bolton News jumping the gun again!! Disgraceful I think!!
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: Neither did disability fraudster Jake Preston : £15k fraud, slap on wrist, just pay it back lad, you'll be fine. Why should Janson be treated more harshly? The criminal justice system is a joke.[/p][/quote]Correct, why should he be treated more harshley than any other person?? He has claimed £22k which is a lot of money in 6 years!!!! It doesnt state anything on here by this "reporter" as to WHAT was he claiming prior to 2006??? It states that Janson has been a JP since 2000?? If he has always claimed the same amount every week/month or however they do it then surely the court he was a JP at, is as much to blame?? Surely they must of looked into his expenses claims prior to 2006?? To be fair to this guy, he has obviously claimed this money but has he done it knowing he wasnt allowed it or have the courts messed up with allowing this to happen for last 6/7 years...maybe longer, maybe since 2000 when he started???? That needs to be looked at before they go handing prison sentences out!! Typical Bolton News jumping the gun again!! Disgraceful I think!! bwfc54321
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8:52pm Tue 29 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Just ain't no justice.
Just ain't no justice. boltonnut
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7:47pm Wed 30 Jan 13

wsw69 says...

If he ends up in clink I will show my 'bits' in the BHS front window on Victoria Square.

England, the country of joke justice. The whole country is a joke
If he ends up in clink I will show my 'bits' in the BHS front window on Victoria Square. England, the country of joke justice. The whole country is a joke wsw69
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8:31pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Citizen Cane says...

This is just another example of low standards in the public sector:

- bwfc is right, for a fraud there should be no limit going backwards (this principle DOES apply to taxpayers and in many legal agreements, seemingly not the public sector

- he got away with it in the first place : probably because it was/is commonplace

- and it's a holier than thou magistrate who is responsible for judging OTHER fraudsters on the fiddle. Something fishy there then? You bet!

- BUT if you get caught, nothing really happens and you pay it back in instalments and if you die before you've finished paying, what happens then? The bar stewards will doubtless write it off.

- so, rather than robbing postoffices, do benefits or do the public sector because there is much less chance of getting caught and really they don't give a ****
This is just another example of low standards in the public sector: - bwfc is right, for a fraud there should be no limit going backwards (this principle DOES apply to taxpayers and in many legal agreements, seemingly not the public sector - he got away with it in the first place : probably because it was/is commonplace - and it's a holier than thou magistrate who is responsible for judging OTHER fraudsters on the fiddle. Something fishy there then? You bet! - BUT if you get caught, nothing really happens and you pay it back in instalments and if you die before you've finished paying, what happens then? The bar stewards will doubtless write it off. - so, rather than robbing postoffices, do benefits or do the public sector because there is much less chance of getting caught and really they don't give a **** Citizen Cane
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