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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Carlisle man accused of £59,000 benefit fraud

A Carlisle man has appeared in court accused of a £59,000 benefit fraud.

James Miller, 62, of Hadrian’s Park, Old Brampton Road, is alleged to have dishonestly obtained the benefit over a seven year period.

Miller, described in court as a scissor sharpener, appeared before Carlisle magistrates today but did not enter any pleas to the allegations which involve three charges.

It is alleged that between December 1 2005 and July 5 2012 Miller failed to notify a change in his employment circumstances to the Department for Works and Pensions knowing this would affect his entitlement to Income Support.

He is also accused of making a false statement on June 1, 2012 to obtain pension credit in that he did not inform the DWP that he was in receipt of rental income.

The third charge is that he dishonestly failed to notify the DWP of a change in his physical circumstances between January 13, 2010 and September 22, 2012 while he was claiming disability living allowance.

Magistrates sent the case to Carlisle Crown Court.

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