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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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West Cumbrian pensioner admits benefit fraud

A man has been fined and electronically tagged after fraudulently claiming almost £8,000 in benefits.

David Kay, 67, of Derwent View, Northside, Workington, was receiving housing and Council Tax benefit and told Allerdale council that he received a state pension and had £400 in a savings account.

But he failed to say he had also been receiving an occupational pension since 2003 and claimed housing benefit, Council Tax Benefit and a Council Tax discount totalling £7,929.94 to which he was not entitled.

The fraud was uncovered in July. Kay confirmed he knew his benefit entitlement was affected by his income and admitted making a false declaration.

He was sentenced by West Cumbria magistrates to an eight week curfew and must wear an electronic tag requiring him to stay indoors between 10pm and 8am. He was also told to pay £150 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

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