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Workington man tagged after admitting benefit fraud

12 December 2013

A Workington man has been fined and electronically tagged after fraudulently claiming almost £8,000 in benefits.

David Kay, aged 67, of Derwent View, Northside, was receiving housing and Council Tax benefit and told Allerdale Borough Council that he received a state pension and had £400 in a savings account. But he but failed to inform the authority that he had also been receiving an occupational pension since 2003 and claimed housing benefit, Council Tax Benefit and a Council Tax discount totalling £7,929.94 to which he was not entitled.

The issue came to light in July 2013 when a check was made by Council officers. Mr Kay told investigators that the pension was paid into a building society account held jointly by him and his ex-wife. He admitted that he had not declared this income to the Council but claimed he didn’t use the account and that he helped his ex-wife financially by allowing her to use the money.

Mr Kay confirmed that he knew his benefit entitlement was affected by his income and admitted making a false declaration which did not reveal his true circumstances when he was applying for benefits.

Mr Kay was sentenced to an eight week curfew order and must wear an electronic tag which requires him to remain indoors between 10pm and 8am. He was also told to pay £150 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Members of the public who suspect benefit fraud is being committed can call Allerdale Borough Council’s 24-hour Benefit Fraud Hotline in confidence on 0800 169 5119 or complete, anonymously, an online form at www.allerdale.gov.uk/benefitfraud.

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