Couple guilty of forcing their daughter and urinate themselves upon request so they could claim £ 57,000

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Couple guilty of forcing their daughter to wear diapers and wet themselves upon request so they can falsely claim £ 57,000 in benefits are spared prison to care for their children

  • Edward Gajdos, 37, and his wife Maria Horvothova, 35, were taken to court
  • They claimed their daughter was incontinent and had to wear diapers
  • It meant they could claim benefits that totaled about £ 57,704.22

A couple forced their daughter to wear diapers and wet themselves pretending to have behavioral problems so they could falsely claim benefits of £ 57,000.

Edward Gajdos, 37, and his wife Maria Horvothova, 35, forced their children to act in a bizarre way to illegally claim disability benefits and caretaker allowance.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that the couple claimed their daughter was incontinent, had to wear diapers and go to the toilet every hour.

But the two parents were spared jail time after the judge decided it would be “too big” to be separated from the same children they had exploited.

Their daughter would intentionally wet herself until she was 13 years old, prosecutors said.

The Sheffield, South Yorkshire couple falsely presented their other children as aggressive and disruptive, claiming that one of their children was unable to speak.

Prosecutor Katy Rafter told the court, “This violation first came to light when the social worker told South Yorkshire police that the couple was forcing their children to behave in a bizarre manner to claim fraudulent benefits.”

Sheffield Crown Court heard that the couple claimed their daughter was incontinent to claim benefits

Sheffield Crown Court heard that the couple claimed their daughter was incontinent to claim benefits

Miss Rafter added that, as a result of the fraudulent claim, the couple received £ 57,704.22 and prosecutors described the debt as £ 51,897,91, which is being repaid.

Gajdos claimed to have met a man who told the family that they could get benefits by pretending their children were bad or behaving in a certain way.

He said they paid this man £ 50 to help with paperwork.

Both defendants, who have no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to fraud for the crimes, which took place between 2014 and 2017.

John Bottomley, who defended Gajdos, said he was “ashamed” and that he had cooperated with the authorities and that there had been no further problems.

Safter Salam, who defended Horvothova, said she could not read or write in English and that she had to fill out forms and she, too, worked with the authorities.

Lawyer John Bottomley

Lawyer John Bottomley

Lawyer Safter Salam

Lawyer Safter Salam

Lawyers John Bottomley and Safter Salam represented Gajdos and Horvothova in court

He added, “She and her partner couldn’t find a meaningful job at the time and they seemed to have committed the crimes on the advice of a friend.”

Mr Salam said the couple moved to the UK in 2011 and their children joined them in 2012.

Recorder Michael Fanning said such cases would normally result in immediate imprisonment as a deterrent.

But he acknowledged that the impact of removing the couple’s children would be “too great.”

He sentenced the couple to 20 months’ suspended custody, with a two-year suspension with 150 hours of unpaid work.

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