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1 May 2014

Man falsely claimed housing benefit for two years

A man who claimed housing benefit on a property for more than two years after he moved out has been given a suspended jail sentence for benefit fraud. A court heard that former Newbold Verdon resident Jason Simpson (30) claimed more than £7,200 in housing benefits he was not entitled to.

Simpson, now of Great Russell Street, Northampton, appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court pleading guilty to two charges of fraud against Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. He was sentenced to nine weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay back the full £7,287, as well as £50 costs and an £80 victim surcharge, and complete 160 hours of unpaid work.

An investigation by the borough council's fraud team proved claims made from July 2010 to November 2012 had been false. Simpson admitted he had made the false claims and dishonestly made a false statement in July 2011.

So far, so routine. But look at this!
Both offences were committed during a period of conditional discharge for a previous offence.
That worked well, didn't it. They still seem desperate not to give him a serious punishment, though.

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