Benefit fraudster fined
A FRAUDSTER who claimed over �2,700 of false benefits has been fined. Daniel Wakeman, 48, failed to tell South Cambridgeshire District Council about a change in circumstances. He claimed housing and council tax benefits during a period of unemployment,
A FRAUDSTER who claimed over �2,700 of false benefits has been fined.
Daniel Wakeman, 48, failed to tell South Cambridgeshire District Council about a change in circumstances.
He claimed housing and council tax benefits during a period of unemployment, and did not inform the council when he returned to work. As a result, he was overpaid �2,700.
Mr Wakeman, who was a resident of Orwell at the time but now lives in Hall Close, Bourn, initially pleaded not guilty and the case was prepared for trial. However, he changed his plea at a later stage, and was fined �200 and ordered to pay �100 towards the district council's costs, together with a victim surcharge of �15.
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The district council has now recovered the overpaid benefits.
Chris Freeman, the district council's fraud manager, said: "This latest case just goes to show that benefit fraud is not tolerated in South Cambridgeshire. Our officers work diligently to ensure only genuine claimants receive taxpayers' money.
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"Those that commit benefit fraud will be caught. They face the prospect of being named and shamed in the press, risk having a criminal record and even a prison sentence," he added.