26 Nov 2015

Light sentence for benefit fraud

A Redditch man who dishonestly claimed more than £4,000 in benefits has been fined by magistrates.

Dale Chapman, aged 40, was sentenced by Redditch Magistrates Court.

He pleaded guilty to dishonestly claiming housing benefit amounting to £4,345.28 for three separate periods between October 2013 and November 2014 by failing to declare that he was working as a service engineer.

The court heard that the offences are serious and that the overpaid benefit is being recovered by the council through their own methods.

Mr Chapman was given a fine of £55 which the magistrates said would have been greater had he not entered an early guilty plea. (!)

He was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £100 court costs.

The investigation began as a result of a data match that matches electronic data within local authorities and HMRC to prevent and detect fraud.


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