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    benefit cheat trousered £100k whilst living it up in Thailand crafty old git .

    UK benefit cheat trousered £100k whilst living it up in Thailand


    Illustrative image - Barlow is starting a 16-month prison sentence after he pocketed nearly £100,000 in benefits while living 10,000 miles away in Thailand with his new wife and children

    An pensioner pocketed nearly £100,000 in benefits claiming he was struggling to survive in the UK while living 10,000 miles away in Thailand with his new wife and children.

    Alan Barlow kept his council house in Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent as a ‘bolt hole’ and would jet back into the country for treatment on the NHS.

    Even after his fraud was exposed in 2011, the 67 year-old carried on conning cash out of the system while enjoying family life in the sunshine.

    Now father-of-two Barlow is starting a 16-month prison term after admitting four counts of benefit fraud.

    Sentencing him a judge told the OAP he was ‘perfectly content’ for taxpayers in the UK to fund his family life in Thailand.

    Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Barlow falsely claimed council tax benefit, housing benefit, pension credits and disability living allowance for several years.

    He even continued claiming the cash after being convicted of benefit fraud in 2011.

    The court heard Barlow was correctly granted DLA in 2005 after suffering from a number of health problems, including multiple sclerosis and chronic lung disease.

    Prosecutor Richard McConaghy said: ‘The fraud comes from the fact that for the main part, at least from 2010, he was living in Thailand.

    ‘He met his now wife there in the late 1990s and began to spend more and more time there.’

    The court heard Stoke-on-Trent City Council stopped his council tax benefit and housing benefit in 2008 because of the time he spent in Thailand.

    But he successfully had the benefits reinstated after saying he had been unaware of a rule that prohibited him from claiming while spending a period of more than 13 weeks out of the country. But he continued to spend most of his time in Thailand.

    Mr McConaghy said: ‘In 2011 he received a conditional discharge from magistrates in relation to benefits, for exactly the same reasons.

    ‘We are concerned about in this case, and for exactly the same reasons his housing benefit and council tax benefit were cancelled in 2008, because this country was no longer his main residence.

    It didn’t stop him. He married in Thailand in 2014. The relationship he had there involved two children – one of whom was adopted. His council house in this country was used as a base to get medical treatment.’

    Barlow admitted three counts of dishonestly failing to notify a change in his circumstances, and one of cheating the public revenue.

    In total he claimed £93,659.90 in benefits that he was not entitled to.

    The court heard Barlow has started paying the cash back – at a rate of just £30-a-week.

    Robert Holt, mitigating, said: ‘He had a desire to be with his family because he feared being alone. He thinks he has not very long left in his life and he wishes to die in Thailand.’

    The court heard Barlow is now on the waiting list for another council house in the city.

    Jailing Barlow, Judge David Fletcher said: ‘You were fully aware that by maintaining a permanent residence outside the UK that the claims you were making for four different types of financial assistance were fraudulent.

    Having been convicted, you simply carried on doing what you were doing before. You were perfectly content that the taxpayers in the UK funded your life, and that of your wife and children, in Thailand.’

    http://bangkokjack.com/category/news/
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    I do not know if you are aware, this is a TD member. - Boloa - big old lucky old Al

    Not so fvcking lucky now?

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    Was going to say guess we won't be hearing from SeekingAss for the next 16 months but seems its another member in his circumstances.

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    So basically he could have eeceived all the money if he had stayed in England. Why they would even care escapes me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
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    I do not know if you are aware, this is a TD member. - Boloa - big old lucky old Al

    Not so fvcking lucky now?
    .
    Last edited by snakeeyes; 31-03-2017 at 01:47 PM.

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    Same pic as his avatar

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    No wonder he was caught ,

    We need to hold a fundraiser for him ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
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    I do not know if you are aware, this is a TD member. - Boloa - big old lucky old Al

    Not so fvcking lucky now?
    Indeed.
    Just when you thought when you knew someone....

    Shocked, but wouldn't surprise me.

    Cheaters never prosper, Alan.

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    In total he claimed £93,659.90 in benefits that he was not entitled to.
    The court heard Barlow has started paying the cash back – at a rate of just £30-a-week.
    How many years will that take?
    Robert Holt, mitigating, said: ‘He had a desire to be with his family because he feared being alone. He thinks he has not very long left in his life and he wishes to die in Thailand.’
    So he's on his way back ASAP.

    The court heard Barlow is now on the waiting list for another council house in the city.
    Hang on. What happened to wanting to die in Thailand?

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    LOL, yeah I was wondering that as well. End of the day sounds like he will choose benefits over wife and Thailand

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    The hat in that picture has got to be photoshopped right?

    Wife is pretty hot...

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    it cant be our Boloa, he mentioned living on 100 baht a day. 100k sterling would see him through 142 years

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    1) Alan Barlow is not BOLOA's real name.

    2)The avatar that BOLOA uses is not a photo of him at all, I've met him in person.

    3) No images of the Guy are circling the UK media where the story originated, but as soon as it reached the Micky Mouse media of Thailand, BOLOA has come out on top....


    Im 99 percent certain this whole story is bollocks and theres some gullible twits on this forum (Jeff).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukey1979 View Post
    1) Alan Barlow is not BOLOA's real name.

    2)The avatar that BOLOA uses is not a photo of him at all, I've met him in person.

    3) No images of the Guy are circling the UK media where the story originated, but as soon as it reached the Micky Mouse media of Thailand, BOLOA has come out on top....


    Im 99 percent certain this whole story is bollocks and theres some gullible twits on this forum (Jeff).
    100 % certain it's not me
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    Well ^ that's stopped the tread in its tracks.

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    Are you messaging us from the ''Big House'' Alan?

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    I think Snakeeyes is speaking with a fork tounge .
    How anyone can link a forum avator to someone just because Asia Jack used a stock photo from the Documentry Seeking Asian Female on his website is beyond me .

    I think Snakeeyes owes me an apology and should post a retraction of this personal slur against my good name and ask the Mods to remove this thread !!!
    Big Ol' Lucky Ol' Al.

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    That was exciting for a minute..

    Glad to hear it is not you boloa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukey1979 View Post
    1) Alan Barlow is not BOLOA's real name.

    2)The avatar that BOLOA uses is not a photo of him at all, I've met him in person.

    3) No images of the Guy are circling the UK media where the story originated, but as soon as it reached the Micky Mouse media of Thailand, BOLOA has come out on top....


    Im 99 percent certain this whole story is bollocks and theres some gullible twits on this forum (Jeff).
    I think the clue is in the weirdly tautological caption under the photograph. "Illustrative image" pretty obviously means, "Here's a photo of an old white guy with a young Asian to go with a story about an old white guy and a (let's assume) young Asian."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    That was exciting for a minute..

    Glad to hear it is not you boloa.
    I thought April Fools Day was tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
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    I do not know if you are aware, this is a TD member. - Boloa - big old lucky old Al

    Not so fvcking lucky now?
    Indeed.
    Just when you thought when you knew someone....

    Shocked, but wouldn't surprise me.

    Cheaters never prosper, Alan.
    Oh dear, chewy chewy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukey1979 View Post
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    Im 99 percent certain this whole story is bollocks and theres some gullible twits on this forum (Jeff).
    Yes I'm very disapointed in Jeff .....he knows my last name isn't barlow and I'm not 67 !!!
    I would have thought he would be one of the first to flag this as fake news !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post

    Indeed.
    Just when you thought when you knew someone....

    Shocked, but wouldn't surprise me.

    Cheaters never prosper, Alan.
    Speaks volumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze
    LOL, yeah I was wondering that as well. End of the day sounds like he will choose benefits over wife and Thailand
    And the wife will choose another farang or Somchai over him as he now has no money coming in. Does he really think she'll be waiting for him at the end of his jail term?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukey1979 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post

    Indeed.
    Just when you thought when you knew someone....

    Shocked, but wouldn't surprise me.

    Cheaters never prosper, Alan.
    Speaks volumes.
    yes ...very disapointed !!!


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