Maximum Penalty Imposed in Benefit Fraud Case
September at York Crown Court, Frederick Digby Dinsdale of Beacon
Way, Sneaton, Whitby, was found guilty of eight counts of Benefit
Fraud against Scarborough Borough Council, having dishonestly
obtained in excess of £9000 by not declaring money from a
Judge Paul Hoffman sentenced Mr Dinsdale to 240 hours
Community Service, the maximum penalty allowable for the
offence. He also awarded costs of £1600 to be paid
The Judge referred to the defendant as “greedy” and stated in
court that he would very much like to jail the defendant and would
not hesitate to do so if the order was not complied with.
Paul Cresswell, the Council’s Head of Financial Services
“This has been a hugely important case for the Council’s fraud
team echoed strongly by the Judge’s comments in court. The
case sends a clear message that fraud against Scarborough Borough
Council and its taxpayers will be pursued to the highest court
If anyone has any information relating to suspected benefit
fraud, they can call the 24 hour Benefit Fraud Hotline in
confidence on 0800 056 8154 (messages can be left on the answering
machine when a call is made out of normal office hours).
Callers can remain anonymous if they wish.