Hornsea man fraudulently claimed more than £20,000 in benefits

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A Hornsea resident has received a criminal record after fraudulently claiming over £20,000 in benefits.

Colin Wilce, aged 65, of Marlborough Avenue, Hornsea, appeared at Hull Crown Court for sentencing on Monday, 17th March after pleading guilty to dishonestly failing to disclose information, affecting his entitlement to pension credit and council tax benefit, at an earlier hearing.

The case was brought to court following an investigation by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, who discovered via a data matching exercise that Colin Wilce had failed to declare capital in excess of £140,000.

Mr Colin Wilce received a six month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, incorporating 180 hours of unpaid work. Mr Wilce was also ordered to pay £400 towards costs.

In addition, he also has to repay the £21,990.21 he fraudulently claimed between July 2010 and May 2013.

Andy Hardy, the council’s fraud investigation manager, said: “The authority’s commitment to joint working continues to be effective. We show a zero tolerance approach to fraudulent activity and are committed to ensuring benefit is paid to those who are rightfully entitled to it.”

Anyone who suspects benefit fraud in the East Riding can call the 24-hour benefit fraud hotline in confidence on (01482) 394949, text 07786 200850 or email benefit.fraud@eastriding.gov.uk

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