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Financial investment specialist, Kaj Jensen, 75, spared jail after cheating taxpayer out of nearly £40,000

15:31 25 November 2014

Benefit cheat spared jail

Benefit cheat spared jail

A 75-year-old Suffolk financial investment specialist has been spared jail after cheating the taxpayer out of nearly £40,000 in benefits.

Company director Kaj Jensen, of Whatfield Hall, Whatfield, near Hadleigh, enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, dining at The Ivy in London and travelling the world, Ipswich Crown Court heard during his trial earlier this month.

He was given a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months when he returned to the court for sentencing.

Judge David Goodin also put Jensen under a 27-week curfew between 8pm and 6am, although this was lifted for a week between December 7 and 15.

During Jensen’s trial it emerged he had kept housing and council tax benefit overpayments despite travelling abroad, spending money on restaurant and hotel bills, and shopping at upmarket stores.

Jensen, who had holidayed in Hong Kong and Dubai as well as travelling to Ghana and Denmark, had denied being “deliberately dishonest” when filling in details of his income on a claim form.

However, he had failed to mention that he and his wife were receiving Danish pensions and that he had a private pension and held a number of company directorships.

He also failed to tell the authorities about two bank accounts he had.

Jensen had denied deliberately setting out to deceive and being dishonest when he filled in a benefit claim form.

Jensen told the court that “dishonesty” was an alien word to him.

“I’m not that kind of person,” he said.

Jensen was overpaid £28,383 housing benefit and £11,332 council tax benefit.

He had denied dishonestly making a false statement in 2007 in a claim for housing benefit and council tax benefit by falsely representing he had declared all income, directorships, pensions and bank accounts for himself and his wife.

He also denied dishonestly failing to disclose information for the purpose of obtaining Discretionary Housing Payment and dishonestly failing to promptly notify a change in circumstances between June 2011 and June 2013 while in receipt of housing benefit and council tax benefit from Babergh District Council.

9 comments

  • Sloppy work by Babergh DC and the DWP. Didn't the address on his benefit application forms - Whatfield Hall - ring any alarm bells? The place is about a mile and a half from their offices! Just imagine if it had been an unemployed single mother doing a couple of hours cleaning work for example, they'd have been down on her like a ton of bricks!

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    PC Plod

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • That will teach him, he'll only be able to celebrate in the Ivy at lunch time!

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    My view

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • He has all the credentials to make a good politician !

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    Steve Cotterell

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Crown court judges never seem to make orders for compensation. They leave it to the losers to take the civil court route, spending yet more money to try and get their (our) money back. I note a relaxation of his curfew between 7-15th December, I just hope that is not another holiday at basically our expense.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • So basically become as dishonest as possible and enjoy a life of luxury on the government ! Bet he wined and dined with the " right people" to get off like they all do !

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    Sandie

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Effectively he's been stealing - the sentence is too soft ....is he paying the money back ?

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    hadleighblue

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Suspended prison sentence? Curfew? Is that all?? How about seizing as much of his savings or assets as will repay every penny of the money this greedy and dishonest person has stolen from the taxpayer!

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    blue&white

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • I sincerely hope(and expect) the authorities now start civil proceedings to recover the money he dishonestly claimed.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • No order to pay the money back either? Basically he's quids-in and effectively got off scot-free.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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