30 May 2013

£13k housing benefit fraud in Rochdale

A fraudster who falsely claimed more than £13,000 in benefits in an elaborate Rochdale housing con has been sentenced.

Liam McGinty, 60, claimed £13,872 from Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council after using a friend to buy a Shelfield Lane property in Norden in 2003 with his cash for the deposit.

He then created a false tenancy at the house when he was in fact the owner of the property, and fraud investigators for the council soon became suspicious.

After investigating, they found that McGinty had transferred ownership of the house to himself in 2009 and provided false information to claim housing benefit which helped to pay the mortgage each month.

Mr McGinty originally pleaded not guilty but later changed his plea. He pleaded guilty to two counts of benefit fraud under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

He has since repaid the benefit amount he falsely claimed and has been given a community order consisting of 140 hours unpaid work, a six month Supervision order and £250 in costs.

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