April 6, 2009
Fraudster wears ‘money’ socks to court
A British woman convicted of amassing $88,500 through benefits fraud arrived in court wearing novelty socks bearing the message:
Show me the money.
Sylvia Rogers, 50, of Manchester, England, said her choice of socks was a
coincidence after she admitted to wrongly claiming $41,000 in welfare benefits, the Daily Mail reported Monday.
It never came into my head that I had them on, she said of her socks.
Rogers made her thousands by putting her welfare money into high-yield accounts, court records said. Welfare recipients are allowed to save their money but rules state they are not allowed to have investments topping $23,500.
The woman pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud. She was given a 6-month suspended jail sentence and ordered to complete 240 hours of community service.