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Suspended sentence for benefit cheat Alan Smith of Wawne

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A man from Wawne has been given a suspended prison sentence after fraudulently claiming over £9,500 in benefits.

Alan Smith, 50, of Main Street, Wawne, appeared at Beverley Magistrates Court on 4 February 2014, where he pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to give a prompt notification of a change in circumstances, affecting his entitlement to housing and council tax benefit.

The case was brought to court following an investigation by East Riding of Yorkshire Council who discovered that Smith failed to declare his partner had started work on 29 October 2007.

Magistrates sentenced Smith to a 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered him to pay costs of £470.

In addition, he also has to repay the £9,718.58 he fraudulently claimed between November 2007 and May 2013.

Andy Hardy, fraud investigation manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “If you suspect that someone is fraudulently claiming benefits, please call our hotline giving as much information as possible.

“Your call will be kept completely confidential, you can remain anonymous and you will be helping us in our fight against fraud within the East Riding of Yorkshire area.”

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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