Northamptonshire man sentenced for £7,000 fraudulent benefit claim

Northampton Magistrates' Court

Northampton Magistrates' Court

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A man from Daventry has received a community order after admitting to fraudulently claiming more than £7,000 in benefits.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard Ian Hill, of The Medway, had originally been in legitimate receipt of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction due to unemployment.

But after finding a job, the 40-year-old failed to notify Daventry District Council (DDC) of the change in his circumstances, leading to him fraudulently claiming £7,780 in Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction between August 2013 and October 2014.

Hill admitted the offence before magistrates on Tuesday, September 29, and ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service and pay court costs of £100, and a £60 victim surcharge.

The case was brought following an investigation by the Fraud Team at DDC.

Councillor Chris Long, resources portfolio holder at Daventry District Council, said: “This conviction is another reminder to people 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.

“If anyone suspects someone may be committing benefit fraud they can call the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440. All calls will be treated in confidence.”

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