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Benefit cheat who stole £20k given suspended jail term
10:52am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A BENEFIT cheat who falsely claimed more than £20,000 has been caught and sentenced.
Alan Parfitt, aged 63, of Longshaw Street, Dallam, appeared at Runcorn Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, August 21. He pleaded guilty to six charges of benefit fraud totalling a sum of £20,491.
He failed to declare he was received a private pension while falsely claiming £4,815 council tax benefit and £15,676 housing benefit from the council between October 2000 and September 2011.
He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, electronically tagged for 12 weeks and ordered to pay back the money.
Adrian Webster, the council’s benefits and exchequer services manager said: “Every day in the UK over 200 benefit thieves are caught – the clear message is – if you commit benefit fraud you will be caught.”
To report a suspected fraudulent claim, call the council’s confidential hotline on 442282.
Or e-mail email@example.com.
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