Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Derry link to Maxine Carr fraud charges

CIVIL servants in Londonderry helped uncover the alleged crimes which could keep Maxine Carr, former fiancée of Soham murderer Ian Huntley, behind bars for up to ten years.

CIVIL servants in Londonderry helped uncover the alleged crimes which could keep Maxine Carr, former fiancée of Soham murderer Ian Huntley, behind bars for up to ten years.

The Telegraph has learned that the Social Security Agency's Paid Order Unit in Derry was involved in an investigation which led to Carr being charged last month with 20 counts of benefit fraud and lying about her qualifications in job applications.

If convicted, the 27- year-old, who is nearing the end of a three-year jail sentence for conspiring with Huntley to pervert the course of justice in connection with the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in August 2002, could be sentenced to a maximum further ten years in prison.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Social Development, which is responsible for SSA offices in Northern Ireland, today said they were unable to comment on individual cases.

But she confirmed that the Derry office provided a number of services for the Department of Work and Pensions throughout the UK, which include storing documents and helping to detect and prevent fraud.

And the Telegraph understands that staff at the office were recently involved in the investigation into Carr's background.

Carr, who is due to appear in court again on Friday, faces a total of 20 charges relating to claims for various benefits and job applications.

One of the false job application charges relates to her role as a classroom assistant at St Andrew's Primary School in Soham where she befriended Holly and Jessica.

The fraud allegations first came to light during the Soham murder trial but police chose not to pursue them while the Old Bailey trial was on.

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