13 Jun 2013

Jail for second benefit theft offence

A 49-year-old Chester man has received a jail sentence after pleading guilty to benefit fraud amounting to more than £8,000.

Paul Cooper appeared before Chester Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to knowingly failing to promptly declare changes in his circumstances to the Department for Works and Pensions and Cheshire West and Chester Council which he knew would affect his entitlement to Job Seekers Allowance and Housing and Council Tax Benefit.

Cooper had completed periods of employment and was overpaid in excess of £8,000,.

Chester Magistrates Court sentenced Cooper to six weeks imprisonment. He had previously been prosecuted for a similar offence in 2010.

Cooper is also required to repay the overpaid benefit to Cheshire West and Chester Council.

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