Atherton mum avoids jail for tax credits fraud

The Bolton News: Emma Marie Chantler worked for HMRC as a contact centre manager Emma Marie Chantler worked for HMRC as a contact centre manager

A MOTHER and former HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) employee has avoided jail for claiming too much in tax credits.

Emma Marie Chantler, of Warwick Road, Atherton, lied about her childcare costs and failed to declare her husband’s self-employed income which resulted in her receiving £42,088.61 she wasn’t entitled to between April 2005 and April 2011.

She was sentenced to 36 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months and 160 hours’ unpaid work at Manchester Crown Court on January 15.

Barbara Duda, from HMRC, said: “HMRC will vigorously pursue anyone who abuses the trust that we have placed in them.

“Chantler took advantage of her position for personal gain and has paid the price for her dishonesty.”

Chantler, aged 29, resigned as a contact centre manager for HMRC in August 2013 following an investigation into her misconduct.

Anyone with information about this type of fraud should call HMRC tax credit hotline on 0845 300 3900.

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8:53am Fri 24 Jan 14

Ian_SE says...

HMRC changed ALL of their expensive 0845 and 0870 lines over to cheaper 0300 and 0345 numbers in several batches between April 2013 and September 2013.

In this case, 0845 300 3900 became 0345 300 3900.

Calls to 03 numbers cost the same as calling 01 and 02 numbers and count towards inclusive allowances on landlines and mobiles.

If you have inclusive minutes on your landline or mobile covering the time of day you are making the call then call the 0345 number, not the 0845 number. The 0345 number will be an inclusive call and the 0845 number probably will not.

Pay as you go users will find the 0345 number is cheaper to call than the 0845 number on all but one mobile network. Only one mobile network discounts calls to 0845 numbers.

BT users on a "Weekend" plan making calls during weekdays are given discounted rates for calling 0845 numbers. These callers should continue calling the old 0845 number. However, in many cases the caller may be better off changing from a "Weekend" call plan to an "AnyTime" call plan so that all of their calls to 01, 02 and 03 numbers are inclusive at all times.
HMRC changed ALL of their expensive 0845 and 0870 lines over to cheaper 0300 and 0345 numbers in several batches between April 2013 and September 2013. In this case, 0845 300 3900 became 0345 300 3900. Calls to 03 numbers cost the same as calling 01 and 02 numbers and count towards inclusive allowances on landlines and mobiles. If you have inclusive minutes on your landline or mobile covering the time of day you are making the call then call the 0345 number, not the 0845 number. The 0345 number will be an inclusive call and the 0845 number probably will not. Pay as you go users will find the 0345 number is cheaper to call than the 0845 number on all but one mobile network. Only one mobile network discounts calls to 0845 numbers. BT users on a "Weekend" plan making calls during weekdays are given discounted rates for calling 0845 numbers. These callers should continue calling the old 0845 number. However, in many cases the caller may be better off changing from a "Weekend" call plan to an "AnyTime" call plan so that all of their calls to 01, 02 and 03 numbers are inclusive at all times. Ian_SE
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