Man claimed benefits despite job


A Daventry man has admitted fraudulently claiming over £3,000 in benefits despite having a paid job.

Robert Fraser of Cunningham Close received £3,085 in incapacity benefit, income support, and council tax and housing benefit between December 2011 and January 2012, and September 2012 and December 2012, even though he was working.

At Northampton Magistrates Court on July 23, the 54-year-old admitted to fraudulently claiming the money by failing to notify either the Jobcentre or Daventry District Council that he was employed during the two periods.

Fraser received an 18 month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge. The joint case was brought by the council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Resources portfolio holder at DDC cllr Jo Gilford said: “We hope this demonstrates that we take cases of fraud very seriously and that forgetting to notify the proper authorities of a change in your circumstances, such as a new job, is simply no excuse.

“We investigate all claims of benefit fraud and if anyone wants to contact us in confidence to report their suspicions they can call our dedicated team on 01327 302399.”