25 Aug 2014

Light sentence for fugitive benefit thief

A benefits cheat who falsely claimed £26,000 was arrested at an airport after failing to attend a court hearing. (h/t Dave)

So he's going to be punished for that, isn't he? Hm....

Reginald Jacobson, 65, had dodged investigators for three years until his arrest at Leeds Bradford airport in March.

Jacobson, from Hull, had been working for ten different employers while claiming benefits.

A warrant for his arrest was initially issued in 2011 after he failed to answer a summons requiring him to attend a court hearing in Hull.

He has now been given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to two charges of benefit fraud, and must pay back the money he falsely claimed.

Yes, that'll happen.

Hull Crown Court heard how he dishonestly claimed almost £26,000 in benefits payments over a six-year period between 2004 and 2010.

During that time, he received £10,507 in housing and council tax benefits and a further £15,259 in income support, pension credit and incapacity benefit that he was not entitled to.

While claiming for all the benefits, he failed to declare earnings from ten different employers.

In addition to his suspended prison sentence, Jacobson was made the subject of a 12-month supervision order and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work.

He also faces having to pay £100 towards the cost of the case brought jointly by Hull City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions and will undergo treatment for alcoholism.


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