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8 Jul 2013

Light sentence for fraudster who deprived others of a home

A Selby man has now been sentenced following his conviction for benefit and tenancy fraud, following a successful joint prosecution by Selby District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

At York Crown Court, John Piggott, of Hempbridge Road, Selby, (49) received an eight month sentence suspended for 12 months and was ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work for the tenancy fraud. For the benefit fraud offences he was given a two month suspended sentence for each of the four offences (to run consecutively and concurrently to the suspended sentence for the tenancy fraud offence).

Last month he had pleaded guilty to the five offences, including providing false information allowing him to claim council accommodation and benefits, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.

He was charged with four offences of making false statements between 2009 and 2012 on his application for benefits, namely that he failed to declare other property in his ownership to Selby District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, contrary to section 112 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

Piggott also told the Council he was homeless in order to get a Council property, despite the fact that he owned a home in Riccall. This resulted in an overpayment of £18,166 (from October 2009 to August 2012) in Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, and Job Seekers Allowance. These payments are now being recovered.

At least the council shouldn't have any trouble getting our money back. And he should be evicted.

Mind you, people like him should have to repay double what they stole.

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