5 Feb 2013

Benefit fraud tipoff in 2010, in court 2013

A farmer who claimed he could not walk 30 feet and illegally pocketed £100,000 in benefits was caught on camera herding cattle and climbing fences.

David Millward was secretly filmed by the Department of Work and Pensions carrying bags of animal feed around a field he rented in Coven, Staffordshire.

The 55 year-old appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court after admitting fraudulantly claiming benefits earlier this month.

The video footage shows him climbing over a fence, filling feeding trays and loading cattle into his trailer. He walked unaided and only displayed a slight limp.

Inquiries revealed that he had been working as a self-employed livestock trader and had been involved in the business since 1999.

Millward failed to mention this when he successfully applied for income support and disability allowance in 2003.

He had illegally pocketed £75,532 in income support and £24,692 in disability living allowance by the time the scam was uncovered after a tip off in 2010.

The secret video was shot that summer. But the case didn't come to court until 2013.

Millward from Brewood, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to two offences of cheating at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

He admitted illegally claiming income support and illegally collecting disability living allowance.

He has been jailed for 18 months. (h/t Dave)

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