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11 Nov 2013

Disabled man claimed benefits despite savings

A disabled man in a £77,000 benefits fiddle was told by a judge that such swindles were “a matter of great public concern”. (h/t Dave)

Judge Niclas Parry said at Caernarfon crown court: “There is no other way to describe this conduct other than systematic, deliberate fraud on the public purse.”

Wheelchair-bound David Hardaker, 52, of Bryn Celyn, Holywell, was jailed for 24 weeks and proceeds of crime proceedings would take place to recoup the cash.

He pleaded guilty to four charges of failing to tell the Department of Work and Pensions about his savings.

Hardaker had between 2006 and last March been overpaid £77,000 in benefits on the basis that he was unfit to work, when his savings were more than the accepted limit, having four bank accounts which in 2006 totalled £19,000. In 2009 the figure was £17,000 and in 2011 he had capital of £25,000.

“As a result it was calculated there was an overpayment of £77,972”, said Andrew McInnes, prosecuting.

Jayne La Grua, defending, said Hardaker had a long-standing back condition and there had also been a more recent injury.

She added he had put his house on the market and according to Hardaker had already repaid more than £12,000.

The offences had been aggravated by the fact that 13 years ago the defendant had been sentenced for dishonesty.

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