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Curfew and tag for benefit cheat who claimed extra £9,000
1:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A BENEFITS cheat is being tagged for three months after falsely claiming extra cash from housing and council tax claims.
Ian Martin, 40, of Wheatley Road, Forest Hill, pleaded guilty to benefit fraud at Oxford Magistrates’ Court last week.
Martin was given a three-month curfew order, meaning he has to spend every evening at home. He is electronically tagged and cannot leave his property between 9pm and 7am.
He was also ordered to pay £500 towards the cost of the prosecution, and will have to pay back all the money that he wrongly claimed.
Martin did not tell South Oxfordshire District Council about extra money he and his wife had been earning.
The council said he had claimed almost £9,000 he was not entitled to between August 2009 and March last year.
David Dodds, the council's cabinet member for finance, said: “If a claimant experiences a change in their circumstances, they must inform us immediately as their entitlement to support may be affected.
“Failing to do so could result in them committing a criminal offence and we will not hesitate to take the appropriate action.”
In court, the council's lawyer said Martin admitted making cash from self-employment, that his wife had started work and that the amount of working tax credit and child tax credit she was getting had risen.
The council said anyone can report suspected benefit fraud by calling 0800 1695716 or emailing email@example.com
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