Northamptonshire pensioner avoids jail after falsely claiming £13,000 in benefits

Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001
Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001

A 68-year-old Northamptonshire man has been given a suspended jail sentence after he admitted falsely claiming more than £13,000 in benefits.

Geoffrey McAllister appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to claiming £80 a week in pension credit that he was not entitled to as he was working.

The court heard that McAllister got a job at Paperchase in September 2008, six months after he had started claiming pension credit.

However, he failed to notify the Department of Work and Pensions of his change in circumstances until it came to light in September 2011.

In total, McAllister, of Grange Road, Kettering, falsely claimed £13,350.

The court heard that he had started paying back the money at a rate of £200 per month and had paid back £1,900.

Recorder Tracey Lloyd-Nesling sentenced McAllister to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year.