Mum's appeal over cancer con sentence is rejected
A MUM who pretended her son had cancer to cheat the state out of £85,000 in benefits has lost an appeal against her sentence.
The 36-year-old from the Stroud area was jailed for three years and nine months for the fraud last November.
At the Court of Appeal in London, her lawyer argued that the sentence was two severe.
But solicitor Joe Maloney's arguments were rejected by the three appeal judges and the sentence was upheld.
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The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted cruelty to her son, eight charges of fraud and forging a doctor's letter.
Mr Maloney said after the hearing: "My client was present for the hearing and was naturally disappointed that her appeal failed.
"But she was gracious in defeat. She knows that she has now exhausted the legal process and can now get her head down and do the rest of her sentence."