pensioner jailed after £11,000 benefit fraud investigation
pensioner from Berrow has been jailed following an investigation
into an £11,000 benefit fraud.
74 year-old man was found guilty by a jury at Taunton Crown Court,
having pleaded not guilty to offences relating to undeclared earnings
within the holiday industry.
case was brought jointly by the Department for Work and Pensions'
Fraud Investigation Service and Sedgemoor District Council after
an investigation found the man had worked on a seasonal basis
over three years whilst claiming Pension Credit, Housing Benefit
and Council Tax Benefit.
overpaid benefit amounted to nearly £11,000 and the offender
has been sentenced to three months' imprisonment, suspended for
District Council works with a whole host of different sources
to continue to fight benefit fraud, which costs £1.5 billion
nationally," council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com
comes in to the council in various ways; including calls from
the general public, data matching exercises, council staff, the
police and the Department for Work and Pensions. Investigators
make sure that allegations are followed up as appropriate."