1 Apr 2015

Pension credit cheat jailed

A benefits cheat granddad will spend eight months behind bars after lying his way to nearly £24,000 in handouts while also having £88,000 in the bank.

Dennis Scott made the false claim that he had only £4,000 - but the crook had just sold a house.

The 65-year-old managed to lie his way to £23,776 in pension credits before he got caught.

He was not entitled to the payments, a court heard, which were received between 2009 and 2014.

Scott admitted to a judge at Hull Crown Court that he lied to the Department of Work and Pensions.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told him: "It must be made very clear to you and to anyone like you who is tempted to defraud the state in respect of social security benefits that a prison sentence is likely to follow.

"You flagrantly breached that system by your shameful conduct.

"For a man of your years you ought to know better."


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Having read about this conviction i find it difficult to understand the harshness of the sentence.He paid the money back, yes it was dishonest and needed to be punished.For a prison sentence I presume he had loads of previous convictions.Cannot see the sense in a further cost to the taxpayer for keeping him in prison.