I hate these feckers No jail for benefit fraudster who had 80 grand savings A MOTHER-of-five who stole Â£33,000 from the state while she had Â£80,000 in the bank will not be jailed. May Price, who lives on the caravan site at Tanhouse Lane, in Widnes, was given an eight-month suspended sentence and ordered to serve 250 hours community service after she admitted three counts of benefit fraud. Sentencing her on Thursday, Judge Roger Dutton told Warrington Crown Court she had been lucky to avoid jail. advertisementThe court heard Price, aged 36, has been claiming income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit since 1990. But at the end of 2005, benefits investigators found she had Â£80,000 in a Halifax bank account that she had not told the officials about. The court was also told she had used the money to buy a bigger caravan to live in and also for a larger car. Teresa Loftus, defending, said Price had only kept the money as an inheritance for her five children, whose ages range from 18 months to 16-years-old. Bless And she said Price had suffered badly since she was first questioned. Judge Dutton described the offences as "particularly" severe. He added: "It is interesting to note that on the day you queried why your benefits had been stopped, the money was withdrawn by you from your account in a way that has never been explained. "It raises in my mind a degree of suspicion about the extent of what you have been doing. "But if you were imprisoned the state would be paying even more to support your children and who knows what the ultimate effect would be on them."