Manager claimed benefits of £6,400 while working in pub

The Oxford Times: Malcolm Price Malcolm Price

A FORMER pub manager was convicted of benefit fraud after his picture appeared in the Oxford Mail.

Malcolm Price was claiming housing and council tax benefit when he appeared in the paper in a story about The Sprat pub in Didcot where he was working.

But Price, of Kibble Close in Didcot, had not told South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) he had the job, and claimed more than £6,400 in benefits he was not entitled to.

The 48-year-old admitted failing to report a change in circumstance at Oxford Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.

SODC said Price was caught after a tip-off from a member of the public in October 2011 who said he was working in the Hagbourne Road pub.

Checks confirmed it and also found Price had appeared in the Oxford Mail in January 2011.

In all, Price illegally claimed £5,297.72 in housing benefit and £1,155.25 in council tax benefit from June 2010 to November 2011.

Magistrates ordered him to repay the money and imposed an eight-week curfew requirement – restricting him to his home address between 8pm and 7am every night. He was also ordered to pay a £60 victims’ surcharge and £300 costs.

David Dodds, SODC’s cabinet member for finance, said: “When someone who claims benefits starts a new job they must inform us immediately.

“Failure to do so could result in a prosecution and a criminal record.”

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7:24pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Gunslinger says...

All this was more than two years ago. Why so long to come to court?
All this was more than two years ago. Why so long to come to court? Gunslinger

3:30pm Fri 17 Jan 14

banjorick says...

pity he was not an mp it might have got overlooked if he had said he had done nothing wrong
pity he was not an mp it might have got overlooked if he had said he had done nothing wrong banjorick

4:35pm Fri 17 Jan 14

oafie says...

So...with the amount one would get paid working in a pub and the amount of benefits......he might have reached the heady heights of a so called average salary.
So...with the amount one would get paid working in a pub and the amount of benefits......he might have reached the heady heights of a so called average salary. oafie

5:33pm Fri 17 Jan 14

HPG says...

Council/goverment get all their money and more, but with any other crime, sometimes life threatening and theres a couple of pounds fine only
Council/goverment get all their money and more, but with any other crime, sometimes life threatening and theres a couple of pounds fine only HPG

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