Willerby man fraudulently claimed more than £7,000 in benefits

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A Willerby man has been handed a community punishment order after fraudulently claiming over £7,000 in benefits.

Ronald Wrightson, 55, of Kingston Rise, Willerby, appeared at Beverley Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to promptly notify East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions of a change of circumstances affecting his entitlement to housing benefit, council tax and employment support allowance.

The case was brought to court following a joint investigation by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions who discovered that Wrightson had failed to declare that his partner had moved in with him in May 2011 and he had started working in December 2012.

Magistrates sentenced Wrightson to an 80 hour community punishment order and ordered him to pay £85 costs.

In addition, he also has to repay the £7,405.73 he fraudulently claimed between May 2011 and February 2013.

Jeff Taylor, principal fraud investigation and enforcement officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “It is the public who are the victims of benefit fraud and those who choose to deliberately commit benefit fraud should be aware that it is only a matter of time before they are brought before the courts.”

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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