16 May 2013

Another benefit thief gets away with it

At Redhill Magistrates’ Court, Raymond O’Connor, from Caterham, pleaded guilty to benefit fraud of £8,466. He was given a two year Conditional Discharge and ordered to pay £540 towards prosecution costs.(h/t Dave)

In April 2011 Mr O’Connor was receiving Housing and Council Tax Benefit and Jobseekers Allowance, but did not notify Tandridge District Council or the Department for Work and Pensions he had started full time work.

During a joint investigation into Mr O’Connor’s benefit claims, he was interviewed in April 2012 by officers from the Council and Department for Work and Pensions. He claimed he had stopped registering as a Jobseeker, as he had started work in April 2012. Evidence from his employer showed he had actually started working for the company in April 2011.

In August 2012, Mr O’Connor was interviewed again and admitted he had been working full time since April 2011. This meant Mr O’Connor should not have received Jobseekers Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit since April 2011.

As a result he had been overpaid benefit of £8,466. Mr O’Connor will have to repay the debt to the Council and Department for Work and Pensions.

He's just been told to go away and not do it again.

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