Successful benefit fraud investigations

Details of benefit fraud investigations that have produced successful results.

2014

Successful investigations from 2014.

April

A West Bridgford man has been successfully prosecuted for 3 offences of Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Job Seeker’s Allowance fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Department for Work and Pensions and Rushcliffe Borough Council following an investigation by Revenues staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Magistrates Court on 4 April 2014 and involved overpayments of benefit totalling £5,015.03, which were as a result of him failing to declare that he had been working. The Magistrates give him an eighteen month conditional discharge and he was ordered to pay £250 Court costs.

A Radcliffe-on-Trent man has been successfully prosecuted for 4 offences of Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Job Seeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Department for Work and Pensions and Rushcliffe Borough Council following an investigation by Revenues staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Magistrates Court on 29 April 2014 and involved overpayments of benefit totalling £14,125.94, which were as a result of him failing to declare that he had been working. The Magistrates give him a six week jail sentence, suspended for twelve months, ordered him to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months and ordered him to pay a £80 victim surcharge and £100 Crown Prosecution Costs.

2013

Successful investigations from 2013.

March

A Ruddington woman has been successfully prosecuted for 2 offences of Housing Benefit, Council Tax benefit and Income Support fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Department for Work and Pensions following a joint investigation by Revenues and Department for Work and Pensions staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 12 March 2013 and involved overpayments of benefit totalling £25,209.78, which was as a result of her failing to declare that her partner was living at the address she was claiming benefit for. The Magistrates sentenced her to ten weeks jail, suspended for twelve months and she was also ordered to carry out one hundred hours of unpaid work and pay £85 prosecution costs.

A West Bridgford woman has been successfully prosecuted for 2 offences of Housing Benefit, Council Tax benefit and Income Support fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Department for Work and Pensions following a joint investigation by Revenues and Department for Work and Pensions staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 15 March 2013 and involved overpayments of benefit totalling £22,050.76, which was as a result of her failing to declare that her partner was living at the address she was claiming benefit for. The Magistrates sentenced her to four weeks in jail, suspended for twelve months and she was ordered to pay court costs of £110.

2012

Successful investigations from 2012.

November

A 57 year old man from Ruddington has been successfully prosecuted for seven offences of Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Incapacity Benefit fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Department for Work and Pensions following a joint investigation by Revenues and Department for Work and Pensions staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Crown Court on 26 November 2012 and involved overpayments of benefit totalling £22,702.53 (of which £9,676.18 was Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit and £13,026.35 was Incapacity Benefit), which was as a result of him failing to declare he was working. The judge sentenced him to fourteen months imprisonment (of which twelve months was for the benefit fraud and one month each for the two separate times he had breached bail conditions).

August

A 67 year old man from Rempstone has been successfully prosecuted for four offences of Council Tax Benefit and Pension Credit fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Crown Prosecution Service following an investigation by Revenues and Department for Work and Pensions staff. The case was heard at Leicester Crown Court on 17 August 2012 and involved an overpayment of benefit totalling £47,847.79, which was as a result of him failing to declare his income as a self-employed decorator and his partner’s occupational pension. The Court sentenced him to eight months in prison, suspended for twenty four months and ordered him to reside at his home address for the next two years and to pay £500 prosecution costs.

July

A 59 year old woman from West Bridgford has been successfully prosecuted for one offence of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Crown Prosecution Service following a joint investigation by Revenues and Department for Work and Pensions staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 6 July 2012 and involved overpayments of benefit totalling £4,751.51, which was as a result of her failing to promptly report that she had started work. The Magistrates give her a twelve month community service order consisting of forty hours of unpaid work and she was ordered to pay £150 costs. The investigation was instigated as a result of information received by the Department for Work and Pensions.

June

A West Bridgford man (aged 28) has been successfully prosecuted for one offence of Housing Benefit, Council Tax benefit and Job Seeker’s Allowance fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Department for Work and Pensions following a joint investigation by Revenues and Department for Work and Pensions staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 25 June 2012 and involved overpayments of benefit totalling £3,138.19 (of which £1,368.63 was Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit and £1,769.56 was Job Seeker’s Allowance), which was as a result of him failing to promptly report that he had started work. The Magistrates ordered him to pay a £70 fine, £15 victim surcharge and £70 costs. The investigation was instigated as a result of anonymous information received by the Department for Work and Pensions.

May

A 62 year man from Ruddington has been successfully prosecuted for one offence of Council Tax Benefit and Pension Credit fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Department for Work and Pensions following a joint investigation by Revenues and Department for Work and Pensions staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 25 May 2012 and  involved overpayments of benefit totalling £5,078.86 (of which £1,928.81 was Council Tax Benefit and £3,150.05 was Pension Credit), which was as a result of him failing to declare that he had capital of around £50,000 when in fact the maximum capital limit in his circumstances was £16,000. The Magistrates sentenced him to a twelve month conditional discharge and he was ordered to pay £150 costs. The investigation was instigated as a result of anonymous information received by both Rushcliffe Borough Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

April

A Cotgrave woman has been successfully prosecuted for one offence of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit fraud and one offence of Income Support fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) following a joint investigation by Revenues and DWP staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Magistrates Court on 28 March 2012 and involved an overpayment of benefit totalling £14,011.52, which was as a result of her failing to promptly report that her partner had moved into the property she was claiming benefit for. The Magistrates sentenced her on 5 April 2012 to a community order of twelve months consisting of undertaking eighty hours of unpaid work and ordered her to pay £200 towards prosecution costs. The allegation was received following information received via the National Fraud Initiative.

2011

Successful investigations from 2011.

December 2011

A West Bridgford man has been successfully prosecuted for 2 offences of Housing and Council Tax benefit and Job Seeker’s Allowance fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Department for Work and Pensions and Rushcliffe Borough Council following an investigation by Jobcentre Plus and Revenues staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Crown Court on 23 December 2011. The case involved overpayments of benefit totalling £14,153.63, which was as a result of him declaring that he had capital of around £2,500 when in fact he had capital of approximately £36,000. The maximum capital limit in his circumstances was £16,000. The Judge sentenced him to twelve weeks imprisonment, suspended for eighteen months and ordered him to carry out one hundred and forty hours of unpaid work. The overpayment of Council Tax Benefit has now been recovered in full, but the overpayment of Housing Benefit will be subject to a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing in March 2012. In addition, this same benefit claimant was previously investigated during 2007 as information was obtained from the Department for Work and Pensions showing that he had failed to declare that he had been working. As a result of the investigation, he was found guilty of benefit offences at Nottingham Magistrates Court during June 2008 and was ordered to pay £125.00 costs, be subject to a community order consisting of eighteen months supervision and undertake two hundred hours of unpaid work.

October 2011

A West Bridgford man has been successfully prosecuted for one offence of Housing Benefit fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Borough Solicitor following an investigation by Revenues staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 17 October 2011 and involved an overpayment of benefit totalling £630, which was as a result of him making false statements in respect of his income. The Magistrates gave him a £100 fine and ordered him to pay £200 towards the prosecution costs and pay a £15 victim surcharge. The overpayment of Housing Benefit is currently being recovered from the claimant’s Department for Work and Pensions benefits.  The allegation was received following information received via a data match.

August 2011

A West Bridgford man has been successfully prosecuted for 4 offences of Housing Benefit and Council Tax benefit fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Borough Solicitor following an investigation by Revenues staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 1 August 2011 and involved overpayments of benefit totalling £2,286.18, which was as a result of him failing to declare that he had not been charged rent along with providing a false tenancy agreement and failing to promptly report that his Job Seeker’s Allowance had ceased. The Magistrates ordered him to pay a fine of £450, pay £450 towards prosecution costs and pay a £15 victim’s surcharge. In addition, he was ordered to repay the overpaid benefit at £100 per month, with the first payment to be made within 14 days. The investigation was instigated as a result of a data match with Department for Work and Pensions records.

May 2011

A West Bridgford man has been successfully prosecuted for 4 offences of Housing Benefit, Council Tax benefit and Job Seeker’s Allowance fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Borough Solicitor following an investigation by Revenues and Department for Work and Pensions staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Crown Court on 6 May 2011 and involved overpayments of benefit totalling £10,189.94, which were as a result of him failing to declare that he previously owned the property he was claiming Housing Benefit for and that he owned a property in the Meadows which he purchased for £95,000. The Judge described the offences as a ‘useful scam’ and gave him a Community Order of two hundred hours of unpaid work to be completed within the next twelve months. In addition, a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing is to take place on 01/07/11 to establish what assets can be taken from the claimant so that the fraudulently claimed benefit can be repaid. The allegation was received following information received from one of the Council Tax inspectors.

April 2011

A former West Bridgford man has been successfully prosecuted for one offence of housing benefit fraud as a result of proceedings instigated by the Borough solicitor following an investigation by revenues staff. The case was heard at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 27 April 2011 and involved an overpayment of benefit totalling £1,730.75, which was as a result of him failing to promptly report that he had vacated the property he was claiming benefit for. The Magistrates give him a conditional discharge but ordered him to pay £100 towards the prosecution costs. The overpayment of housing benefit is currently being recovered from the claimant’s Department for Work and Pensions benefits. He was originally offered a formal caution in respect of this offence but this offer was refused. When interviewed regarding the offence he stated that he used the housing benefit for day-to-day living expenses whilst he was living abroad and looking for work.

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