18 Jun 2014

£100k benefit thief "could face jail"!

A benefit fraudster who obtained more than £100,000 over a decade has been warned he could face jail when he is sentenced.

John Bolton, 63, failed to declare that he was married, sub-let his rented property in Somersham and was also running a business while holding capital in excess of £30,000 despite continuing to claim.

Magistrates in Peterborough heard that Bolton had repaid all the money defrauded from Huntingdonshire District Council and owed to the Huntingdon-based housing organisation Luminus.

But magistrates warned him that they would be considering all options, including prison, when he is sentenced on June 30.

Bolton, formerly of Springfields, Somersham, and now living at Torrington Gardens, Loughton, Essex, admitted six offences of benefit fraud, council tax discount fraud and tenancy fraud between 2003 and 2013.

He was prosecuted by the district council following an investigation by its fraud team in partnership with Luminus, which was the landlord at the Somersham address.

The investigation followed a tip-off by a member of the public.

Magistrates heard that benefit fraud charges amounted to £22,462 and involved Bolton failing to declare he married in 2003, had moved to Essex while continuing to claim benefits for the Somersham address between 2003 and 2008 and was running a business he set up in 2004 with capital of more than £30,000 the following year.

He also admitted sub-letting the Somersham property for profit between 2008 and 2013 and claiming £1,466 in council tax discounts for the same address between 2006 and 2011.

Pretty comprehensive.

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