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Padgate benefit cheat ordered to pay money back
10:40am Tuesday 16th October 2012 in News
A BENEFIT cheat who falsely claimed more than £6,000 has been ordered to pay the money back and handed a 120 hour community punishment order.
Lee Gemmell, of Vulcan Close, Padgate, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday after failing to notify the council he was living with his partner on Harbord Street.
The 34-year-old was overpaid a total of £6,544 made up of £2,676 of income support, £2,995 of housing benefit and £873 of council tax benefit.
He was also ordered to pay £500 costs to the court.
Adrian Webster, the council’s benefits manager, said: “Deliberately withholding information that affects your claim is stealing. All benefit theft is crime and the council is determined to bring fraudsters to justice.”
Anyone who suspects benefits are being claimed fraudulently should call the council's confidential benefit fraud hotline on 442282 / 442283 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.